1 – The total number of new cases of dementia throughout the world is 7.7 million which means there is a new case every four seconds.
UK has 850,000 people living with dementia.
2 – Dementia costs the UK £26.3 billion s year.
The NHS picks up £4.3 billion of the costs and social care £10.3 billion
3 – Around 60% of people diagnosed with dementia will have alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in the over 65 age group.
4 – Changes in the brain can occur up to ten years before a person starts to show symptoms of alzheimers.
Symptoms are mild at first, then worsen over time.
5 – Twice as many women over the age of 65 are diagnosed with alzheimer’s than men.
Alzheimer’s however can also be passed down from one generation to another.