Dr Karim Saad is commonly hailed as the West Midlands’ leading expert on dementia.
The NHS West Midlands web site introduces this expert and provides some statistics about dementia from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust:
- An estimated 820,000 people in the UK live with dementia. There may be many more undiagnosed cases.
- One out of every three people over the age of 65 will die of dementia.
- Dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion per year.
- Combined government and charitable investment in dementia research is 12 times lower than spending on cancer research. Just £50 million is invested in dementia research per year.
- For every £1 million in care costs for each disease, £129,269 is spent on cancer research, £73,153 on heart disease research, £8,745 on stroke research and just £4,882 on dementia research.
- Caring for each dementia patient costs the economy £27,647 per year (whereas patients with cancer cost £5,999, stroke £4,770 and heart disease £3,455 per year).
Do you wish to see related statistics? See below:
Counting the cost: caring for people with dementia on hospital wards. London: Alzheimer’s Society, 2010.