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Dementia set to soar across West Country

The charity says families could bear the burden of increasing dementia levels. Credit: PA Images

The number of people diagnosed with Dementia across the region is set to soar in the next decade.

A report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society warns that we'll have to spend much more on care to deal with the needs of an ageing population.

Predicted increase in Wiltshire
Predicted increase in South Gloucestershire and Somerset
Predicted increase in Cornwall

The report shows more than 60% of social care costs in England will fall on people with dementia and their families.

Previous research by the charity has shown that someone with dementia will typically have to spend £100,000 on their care.

Alzheimer's Society is therefore calling on all political parties for a reform of dementia care in order to protect families from the costs.

Dementia is set to soar as our population ages. Credit: PA Images

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.

– Marion Child, Alzheimer's Society South West Head of Region