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Alzheimer’s: are we chasing cure over care?

Alzheimer’s: are we chasing cure over care?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

There are currently over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2040, that will rise to 1.5 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. For those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s the options are limited. Despite significant advances in research there is still no cure and as a degenerative disease most people will require some form of care. 

That piles extra pressure on the 1.5 million who work in adult social care – as well as the 10.6 million unpaid care workers. 

Research for a cure received record-setting funding last year but how much do we really care about people living with Alzheimer’s? Should families bear the burden of that cost? 

And who is assuring the quality of this care? Care homes can be expensive, with some homes charging upwards of £1,000 a week and with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), inspection reports showing that one in five homes specialising in dementia are rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement.”

Join us for this ThinkIn to explore the hidden sides of caring for those with Alzheimer’s

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Deputy Editor

Fiona Carragher
Director of Research and Influencing, Alzheimer’s Society

Sir Tony Robinson
Actor and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador