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Understand the issues

 

One of the most important outcome will be the creation of a public web-tool. This will allow commissioners, providers, advocacy groups, individuals and families to access the project's outputs, and make their own projections of expected care and support needs, outcomes and costs.

What’s it like to have dementia? 

We are talking to 300 people and their carers who live with dementia, charting their lives over a whole year.    

 

Who can be expected to develop dementia in the next 25 years? 

We will explore characteristics of the individuals involved, their families and their likely needs.    

 

Can it be prevented or delayed? 

We are reviewing evidence on medications, cognitive stimulation and other therapies, exercise, nutrition, telecare, community initiatives, respite and training for carers. We want to know what slows deterioration and the impact on wellbeing and costs.    

 

What works best if someone has dementia? 

We are looking at existing research to build a picture of the most effective and efficient care, support and treatments for individuals and their carers  to improve quality of life and wellbeing. We will explore potentially better approaches, using new forms of care and treatment.

 

What are the costs? 

We are calculating the costs of everything so that people who provide resources – government, insurers, individuals, families and friends – can understand the potential trade-offs, funding implications and affordability.

 

What’s the big picture up to 2040 in England? 

Gathering all this data will help us predict how many people will have dementia, what unpaid support they might reasonably expect and the estimated costs of care services over the next 25 years.