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


About dementia carers

  • There are approximately 700,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK (500,000 in England)
  • 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.
  • In total family carers in the UK provide £11.6bn worth of care


About dementia

  • The number of people with dementia in the UK is estimated to be 850,000 and is due to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and to 2 million by 2050*
  • 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