A report published today (10th September) has revealed that the cost of dementia to the UK has hit a staggering £26 billion.
Alzheimer’s Society is, quite rightly, arguing that people living with a dementia are unfairly disadvantaged under the current health/social care system. If they had a disease such as cancer, their needs would be met free of charge but people with dementia and their carers are left to pay for help with everyday tasks.
The new research also reveals that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society is calling for an improvement in the dementia diagnosis rate, for no one to have to wait longer than 12 weeks from seeing their GP to diagnosis and a guarantee that everyone has access to a dementia adviser following a diagnosis.