Dementia in Wigan and St Helens set to Soar

The number of people with dementia in Wigan will soar by more than 42% over the next decade, warns a report published yesterday, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society.

It's also the same story in St Helens with the increase of people living with dementia expected to rise by over 37% in the same time period

The report predicts that as our population ages, a higher proportion of people with dementia will have higher care needs for longer, driving up the average amount spent on care.

The figures, from the London School of Economics and Political Science [1], show more than 60% a year of social care costs in England will fall on people with dementia and their families.

Previous research by Alzheimer’s Society has shown that someone with dementia will typically have to spend £100,000 on their care. Many are forced to sell their homes to pay for it.

Alzheimer’s Society’s call ahead of the general election, from its Fix Dementia Care campaign, is for all political parties to commit to radically reform dementia care.

The Society believes it should be funded like other public services, such as the NHS and education, where the cost is shared across society, protecting individuals and their families from the devastating costs of specialist dementia care.

Alzheimer’s Society released the figures as it launches its election manifesto, ‘Dealing with the dementia dilemma’.

Barry Lyon, Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Wigan, 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.   

“From the working mum struggling to find hundreds of pounds every week to ‘top up’ her mum’s council-funded care home place, to the woman who had to sell her home of 50 years to pay for her husband’s care – families affected by dementia are already at breaking point. With costs set to treble in the next two decades, how on earth will they cope?  

“The cost of dementia care is too much for an individual to bear. It should be spread between us – just like schools, the NHS and other public services. Every party must go into this election with a solid plan to radically reform dementia care. Families in crisis need action, and they need it now.” 

Today Alzheimer’s Society launched its manifesto ahead of the general election, ‘Dealing with the dementia dilemma’.

It calls for three commitments from the next government:

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