[A version of this abstract appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 9, April 2011].
This Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) report begins by recognising that provision of high-quality care and support for the increasing numbers of people with dementia is going to be a highly challenging and complex issue. The number of people with dementia is predicted to double to 1.4 million in the next 30 years and the costs are expected to treble. The ippr is attempting to address proactively the needs of service providers and commissioners to have an adequate statistical / demographic evidence base about ageing in London.
This briefing document covers issues of relevance to all regions in the UK, not just London. It identifies areas of unmet need, highlights problems with current provision, and draws attention to models of best practice. The report comprises sections on:
- The challenges for London.
- Demographic trends in London.
- Spending on dementia in London.
- Health and social care services.
- Advocacy and advice services.
- Support for social activities and interaction in the community.
- How to provide services and support for a diverse community.
Note: A major recurrent theme in this report concentrates on the implications of the impending political and social changes which are likely to result from the Coalition Government’s plans to cut back the role of the State and to devolve more control and responsibility to the private and voluntary sector, to individuals and communities. These are complex issues requiring closer attention, so a series of further abstracts on aspects of this report may appear shortly.
Sachrajda, A. (2011). Dementia care in London. London: The Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), March 15th 2011.