Dementia : The Rising Cost of Care in Dundee

2 December 2013

Over the next 10 years, the social and acute care costs of caring for dementia in Dundee could rise from just over £25 million at present to a little over £30 million by 2023.

These costs include the cost of providing day care, home care, very sheltered housing and care homes, and hospital care.

Alzheimer Scotland estimate that there are around 2,650 people in Dundee and that in ten years’ time that number could rise to 3,143. 

Councillor Lesley Brennan , who is a health economist, and who performed the calculations, commented :

“The rise in the number of people with dementia will be one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS, social services and all of us in the years to come.

“One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia.

“As life span continues to increase, then dementia will require more investment in care and support.

“This would be needed to provide a better quality of life for those with those with the condition, and for their families and their carers whose ongoing support and dedication is invaluable.”

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Details of Lesley’s estimates can be downloaded here.

Her estimates use of official government figures, making a number of assumptions on the duration of the condition and longevity, and that 60 per cent of this particular group of the population receiving no social care.