This Sunday is World Alzheimer’s Day. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in every 14 of those aged 65 and over have dementia in the UK. The number of people with the disease is projected to grow by over 40 % to reach a staggering 1,142,677 people affected in the next 12 years. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Birmingham, the UK’s second biggest city.
By 2051 the growth will have reached 156% and over 2 million people will be living with dementia – that’s equivalent to the populations of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester together.
Dementia is set to become the defining disease of the Baby Boomer generation.
We explore this issue in depth in the Boom! Demographics Are Destiny documentary. Psychology professor, Jennifer Rusted suggests the risk for those over 65 is 5%, but this substantially increases for those over 85, with a risk of getting the disease increasing to 1 in 5
With this expected increase, putting plans in place to handle unforeseen events such as the onset of dementia is essential, especially for those over 65 as they approach retirement.