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Think tank claims Alzheimer's patients will top a million in 20 years

Think tank claims Alzheimer's patients will top a million in 20 years
28th May 2008

A think-tank has claimed that the number of people with dementia is likely to increase to more than a million in the next 20 years.

King's Fund claims that the cost of treating these increased numbers of patients could cost some £50 billion within the next generation.

Speaking as the report was released, Niall Dickinson, head of the fund, said that much needs to be done to prepare for the coming years to ensure that quality care is provided for all.

"Unless there is a major breakthrough in drugs to arrest the course of this illness, then there will be a great need for extra care and support, some of it quite intense," he added.

Speaking to the Daily Mail about the report's findings, Andrew Ketteringham of the Alzheimer's Society said that in the future every family in the UK will be touched by dementia.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that more than four in ten people living in the UK are affected by Alzheimer's, according to a Alzheimer's Research Trust poll.