What we do

How we can help you

We believe that dementia carers count. We’re working for a world where all family and friends taking care of someone with dementia feel confident, supported and heard. We recognise the important challenge that you face – as a wife, a son, a daughter-in-law, a close friend – when you’re responsible for that person who really needs you.

You and your experience are unique; dealing with a complex and ever-changing condition that can’t be seen. It’s not something you’ve chosen, but it affects every facet of your life.

We provide free courses designed and delivered by healthcare professionals, that will help you develop skills and build confidence to navigate the highs and lows. Learning how to make your life manageable and maintain your own health and well-being is vital when you’re caring for someone with dementia. We’ll give you practical tips that you can use every day.

We give you the opportunity to meet and connect with people in a similar situation, and we’re here to listen, too. Sometimes you just need to get things off your chest and talk to others in the same situation. It feels easier when you know there’s someone to share the load.

We believe that dementia carers count and we’re here to support you, wherever you are in your journey.

Find out what is covered on our courses and how to book your free place here.

Dementia carers:

the UK stats and facts

There are

700,000

Family carers of people with dementia in the UK
This figure is set to rise to

850,000

in line with the number of people who will develop dementia
And expected to increase to

1.6m

in 2040*
‘Unpaid carers’ provide care to a value of

£13.9bn

families and friends provide care to this value on an annual basis*
This will increase to

£35.7bn

by 2040*

2/3

of people with dementia live at home, most supported by unpaid carers

20%

of dementia carers are in paid work

£3.2bn

is the estimated cost of lost working time due to caring in 2019***

36%

of family carers provide over 100 hours of care per week***

10%

of family dementia carers live in property***

The economic impact of dementia is greater than cancer and heart disease combined.***

Sources: carers.org.uk, 2018

* Alzheimer’s Society Dementia UK 2014 report updated in 2019 to predict trajectories up to 2040 using the 2014 data. Therefore, figures are best estimates of the current position of play.

** Projections of older people with dementia and costs of dementia care in the United Kingdom, 2019-2020

*** Cebr report for Alzheimer’s Society, 2019 – the economic cost to English businesses.

About carers

Dementia will cost businesses more than £3 billion by 2030, with more staff leaving employment to care for people with dementia****

The number of people who will have left employment to care for people with dementia is set to rise from 50,000 in 2014, to 83,100 in 2030****

By 2030, the cost of skills and experience lost from the workforce due to dementia will rise from £628 million to £1.16 billion****

Our carers consultation found that 40% of the 700,000 people in the UK who care for someone with dementia look after that person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Being a carer is demanding and challenging, carers often ignore their own needs and support across the country is patchy

20% of dementia carers are in paid work but the estimated working time lost due to caring was £3.2bn in 2019****

About dementia

One in 14 people over 65 have dementia in the UK*

1 in 3 people born in the UK this year will develop dementia in their lifetime*

By 2025 the disability related to dementia will increase by 40% among people aged 65 to 84**

65% of people living with dementia are women. 35% are men*

An estimated 42,325 people in the UK are living with dementia at a younger age (under 65) ***

In 2015, the annual economic impact of dementia in the UK was estimated at £24bn. This is expected to rise to £32.5bn in 2025 and £59.4bn by 2050

Join the community

We are constantly developing and updating our range of remote and online services to ensure that family and friends caring for someone with dementia continue to be well-supported.