NHS South Lincolnshire CCG is supporting World Alzheimer’s Day on 21st September, by raising awareness on dementia with local people.
There are currently estimated to be more than 36 million people worldwide living with dementia.
The number of people affected is set to rise to over 115 million by 2050.
In the UK, there are about 800,000 people in the UK with dementia. Dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the likelihood increases with age. However, it can affect younger people: there are over 17,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia It is important everyone receives care throughout their journey with the condition.
“We are really pleased to be supporting ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’ and by doing so help in raising awareness with the patients and general public in Lincolnshire
"Dementia is seriously disabling not only for those diagnosed, but also for their families and carers. According to estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is currently one new case of dementia every four seconds. If we take into account the rapid increase in the elderly population, there will potentially be 115 million people with dementia worldwide in the next 40 years, thus placing a major burden on health and social systems."
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), says, “Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to grow at a rapid rate due to global ageing. The disease has a huge impact on the families that are hit, but it also affects health and social systems because of the economic cost. Countries are not prepared, and will continue not to be prepared unless we overcome the stigma and enhance our efforts to provide better care for those who have dementia, and find a cure for the future.”