Prime Minister David Cameron announced there will be a £300m investment into researching dementia. Describing the illness as “one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime”, Mr Cameron explained the plan to create an international dementia institute over the next 5 years, which he believes will make the UK a world leader in dementia research.

As part of the investment approximately 1.3 million NHS staff will receive vital training on how to properly care for patients who have dementia. This investment is a welcome one and seems like a real step on the way to one day delivering a cure for this condition.

Dementia is a real problem that is affecting an ever increasing number of individuals and families not only in the UK but around the world.

  • There are more than 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK
  • This number is expected to reach 1 million in the next 10 years
  • 163,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in England and Wales each year With a new case diagnosed every 3.2 minutes in England and Wales alone, that figure is forecast to rise to over 1 million in the next seven years
  • 20% of those aged 80+ have dementia
  • 80% of care and nursing home residents have some degree of dementia or severe memory problems
  • On average 30% of people in acute hospitals have dementia

At AKW, we pride ourselves on being the dementia-friendly bathroom experts. This means that we know how to create a bathroom that offers the best possible facilities for a person who has dementia to be able to use the bathroom safely and independently for as long as possible.

To read our guide on creating a dementia-friendly bathroom you can download our guide.