The cost of social care for people with dementia in Wales will double over the next 20 years, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

It's also estimated that almost 80,000 people will be diagnosed with the condition by 2040.

The report, commissioned by Alzheimer's Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, predicts that as our population ages, a higher number of people with dementia will have higher care needs for longer

This means it will drive up the amount spent on care by 157 per cent - from a total of £1.8 billion in 2019 to over £3.6 billion in 2040.

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Previous research by Alzheimer's Society has shown that someone with dementia will typically have to spend £100,000 on their care and say that many have been forced to sell their homes to pay for it.

Dementia is heart-breaking for families. It's not right that those going through it have to battle to get the care they need on top of battling the disease. From the working mum struggling to find hundreds of pounds every week to 'top up' her mum's council-funded care home place, to the woman who had to sell her home of 50 years to pay for her husband's care - families affected by dementia are already at breaking point. With costs set to treble in the next two decades, how on earth will they cope? The cost of dementia care is too much for an individual to bear. It should be spread between us - just like schools, the NHS and other public services. Every party must go into this election with a solid plan to radically reform dementia care. Families in crisis need action, and they need it now.

Eirwen Jones, Alzheimer's Society Wales