10 things you need to know about the impact of dementia on people, carers and the economy

1. People with dementia have a lower self-reported quality of life than both the population as a whole and those over 65, this gets progressively worse as the severity of the condition develops.(23)

2. There are approximately 700,000 informal carers in the UK caring for their loved ones with dementia, this is expected to rise to 1.7 million by 2050.(24)

3. Women are more than two-and-a-half times more likely than men to provide intensive, 24-hr care for people with dementia.(25)

4. 20 per cent of women carers have gone from working full time to part time.(26)

5. 62 per cent of female carers say the experience is emotionally stressful.(27)

6. By 2017 it is predicted there will not be enough informal carers to look after older people requiring care.(28)

7. Dementia costs the UK economy over £24 billion a year, this is a combination of health and care costs and the vast contribution made by informal carers.(29)

8. Caring for each person with dementia has an economic impact of almost £28,500 each year.(30)

9. By 2025 it is expected dementia will cost the UK economy £32.5 billion and by 2050 it could be costing the UK economy £59.4 billion at today’s prices.(31)

10. Globally it is estimated that dementia costs the economy over $818 billion each year.(32)

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These facts were last updated in March 2016 and will be refreshed every few months.