Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages. There are estimated to be over 750,000 people in the UK with dementia and numbers are expected to double in the next thirty years.

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a syndrome which may be caused by a number of illnesses in which there is progressive decline in multiple areas of function. Although dementia is primarily a condition associated with older people, there is also a significant number of people (currently around 15,000) who develop dementia earlier in life. Direct costs of dementia to the NHS and Social Care are in the region of £8.2bn annually.

Developing this website

Over the coming months we will be adding additional resources and best practice guidance to this website to make it the first port of call for anyone with an interest in improving services for people with dementia.

Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns is the National Clinical Director for Dementia for England. You can find out more about him and follow the Alistair Burns’ blog for more information.

Information for the general public

There is also a huge amount of information about dementia for members of the public at www.nhs.uk/dementia or you can go direct to NHS Choices.

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