Dementia has impacted the lives of most people in the UK in some way – be that as a sufferer, or as the family or friend of a sufferer. And despite the huge amount of research and effort that has gone into trying to tackle the condition, we are no nearer to finding a cure.
The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK, and worryingly, they believe that figure will rise to 1.6 million by 2040. This year alone, they predict that nearly 210,000 people will develop dementia – that’s one person every three minutes.
And it is statistics like that, combined with the knowledge that there is no cure, and the fact that we are living longer and longer, that makes the threat of developing dementia feel like a particularly grim lottery to be played in our dotage.