Fewer facts and figures are available about dementia carers compared with those about people with dementia. 

 

About dementia 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.
  • The care provided by family and friends to people with dementia is worth £13.9bn each year*****
  • Being a carer is demanding and challenging, carers often ignore their own needs and support across the country is patchy
  • The economic impact of dementia is greater than cancer and heart disease combined
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live at home and most are supported by unpaid carers [carers.org.uk 2018]
  • 10% of family dementia carers live in poverty******
  • 36% of them provide in excess of 100 hours of care per week******
  • 20% of dementia carers are in paid work but the estimated working time lost due to caring was £3.2bn in 2019******

 

About dementia

 

  • There are 700,000 family carers of people with dementia and this will rise in line with the number of people with dementia – currently 850,000 and expected to rise to 1.6m in 2040*****
  • 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

 

There are many different types of dementia and it is a condition that affects people across all ages, ethnicities and communities. You can find out more at https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/about-dementia.

 

*Alzheimer’s Research UK

** The Lancet, 2017

*** Young Onset Dementia Steering Group 2018

**** Centre for Economics and Business Research, 2014

*****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 state of play.

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