Dementia cases set to rise by 2040

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By 2040 more than 1.2 million people with be living with dementia in England and Wales. A study predicts this is an increase of 57 per cent from 2016.

The study, based at University College London and the University of Liverpool, set out to predict the future impact of dementia by developing a mathematical model that takes account of disease trends and death rates alongside the effects of increasing life expectancy.

Despite results from the study suggesting that the number of new cases of dementia is declining, the total number of people living with dementia in England and Wales is predicted to increase by as much as two thirds in the next 25 years.

Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: –

“Dementia is not an inevitability in later life, but risk does increase with age, so it is no surprise that the number of people living with the condition is going to soar as our population continues to grow older.

“The only way to reduce the number of people developing dementia and to bring an end to the heartbreak caused by the devastation, is to invest in pioneering research.”

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