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Statistics on dementia and an outline of the Government's work to improve diagnosis, care and research: briefing paper

It is estimated that 676,000 people in England have dementia. The number of people with dementia is expected to double in the next 30 years.

The Government has set an objective to be a world leader in fighting dementia and has committed to improving diagnosis, care and support, and research. The Prime Minister’s challenges on dementia, published in 2012 and 2015, set out objectives to combat the condition through boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness. The UK also hosted the first-ever G8 event on dementia in 2013 to foster greater global collaboration between nations.

The Government has stated that it has made significant progress since 2010, by doubling investment in research, recruiting 1 million “Dementia Friends” and giving specialist training to NHS staff. The Government has also reported increases in the number of people receiving a diagnosis. The Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 builds on these successes, and sets out the Government’s objectives for the next five years.

This note outlines Government, NHS and other statutory bodies’ work to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support and research. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK, including for each English Parliamentary constituency.

Read the briefing paper on the UK Government's website.