The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to roughly double to 1.6 million by 2040 yet, according to a report by the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), the cost of social care is projected to triple from £15.7 billion to £45.4 billion over the same period.
The overall cost of dementia care in the UK (including that provided by the NHS, paid social care and unpaid care) is around £34.7 billion, and this might rise to £94.1 billion by 2040. It is unpaid carers in families that provide £13.9 billion per year of care for people living with dementia by current estimates, and this burden is projected to increase to £35.7 billion by 2040.
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