The Facts Behind Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

The facts behind Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia: (1)

  • There are 850,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025.
  • It is estimated that 45% of people with dementia, have not been diagnosed yet.
  • Women are twice as likely to develop dementia as are men.
  • 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
  • Two thirds of the cost of dementia is paid for by people with dementia and their families
  • Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the UK economy £11 billion a year.
  • Worldwide, another 7.7 million people will develop dementia every year.

Symptoms can include:

  • Changes in behaviour, mood and communication capacities
  • Impaired judgement and reasoning
  • Short term memory loss although long term memory can still be very stable (2)
  • Research carried out by the Alzheimer Society found that 64% of people with dementia felt isolated from friends and family following diagnosis. Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact on that person. The findings clearly showed a need for people to spend more time with relatives with the condition in order to prevent loneliness (3)


(1)Alzheimers’ Society UK 2016
(2)The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Canada, Government of Canada
(3)Press Association/Alzheimers Society Published 1 January 2016

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