The cost of dementia care is set to nearly treble in the next 20 years

A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science shows that the number of people with dementia in the UK is predicted to nearly double to 1.6m people by 2040 and the cost of care is expected to triple to £45.4bn. The current cost of dementia care, which includes NHS costs, social care costs as well as unpaid care, is £15.7bn.

The report also predicts that with an ageing population, a larger amount of people with dementia will have higher care needs for longer.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, which commissioned the study, said: “Dementia is heart-breaking for families. It’s not right that those going through it have to battle to get the care they need on top of battling the disease.

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