As the elderly population is increasing, the number of people needing care is set to nearly treble globally by 2050. This increase in elderly care means that the traditional system of informal care by family, friends and the community will need much greater support.
According to the World Health Organisation more than 35 million people live with dementia across the world. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and symptoms include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communicating and reasoning. The Alzheimer’s Disease International warns that the people requiring care will rise to 277 million from the current figure of 101 million.
This increase in elderly care for dementia warns the healthcare industry that there is going to be a ‘Global Alzheimer’s epidemic’. It currently costs the world £376 billion per year to treat and care for people with dementia. Lower and middle income countries need to start planning services to deal with the ‘global epidemic’.
Repton Medical have identified this global problem and are currently researching and sourcing new products for the UK dementia care market. We want to provide you with products which help to stimulate and activate the brain. Look out for part 2 of this blog post where we show you our complete new range of dementia products and our new dementia care website.
News, B. H., 2014. Elderly care needs ‘set to treble’ by 2050. [Online] Available at:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24162509 [Accessed 18th February 2014].