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2013: The prevalence of dementia in Europe

Alzheimer Europe estimates the number of people with dementia in United Kingdom in 2012 as being 1,037,791. This represents 1.65% of the total population of 62,798,099. The number of people with dementia as a percentage of the population is somewhat higher than the EU average of 1.55%. The following table shows the estimated number of people with dementia between 30 and 59 and for every 5-year age group thereafter.

Age group

Men with dementia

Women with dementia

Total

30 - 59

19,842

11,351

31,192

60 - 64

3,601

16,969

20,570

65 - 69

27,972

23,320

51,293

70 - 74

37,905

50,617

88,522

75 - 79

64,125

84,973

149,098

80 - 84

90,051

143,537

233,588

85 - 89

71,704

172,183

243,887

90 - 94

37,134

129,610

166,744

95+

8,248

44,651

52,899

Total

360,581

677,210

1,037,791

According to the 2011 census, the population of the United Kingdom (UK) was 63,182,000; approximately 53.0 million in England, 3.1 million in Wales and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland.

According to the 2011 census, approximately 14 million people in the UK are aged over 60; 11,832,806 in England, 767,429 in Wales, and 358,010 in Northern Ireland.

Age

England

Wales

Northern Ireland

30 ‒ 34

3,509,221

174,694

119,839

35 ‒ 39

3,549,116

183,045

122,260

40 ‒ 44

3,885,934

213,155

131,848

45 ‒ 49

3,879,815

220,711

131,645

50 ‒ 54

3,400,095

201,599

116,933

55 ‒ 59

2,996,992

186,923

99,272

60 ‒ 64

3,172,277

204,885

94,290

65 ‒ 69

2,508,154

166,007

82,121

70 ‒ 74

2,044,129

134,543

63,479

75 ‒ 79

1,669,345

108,202

50,358

80 ‒ 84

1,258,773

79,232

36,366

85 ‒ 89

776,311

49,360

21,165

90 +

403,817

25,200

10,231

Alzheimer's Society made the following estimates for the number of people with dementia in 2012: 665,065 in England, 44,598 in Wales and 18,862 in Northern Ireland.

Estimates of the numbers of people with dementia are made by applying a prevalence estimate to the numbers of people in any given population.  This estimate is then compared with the number of people diagnosed with dementia according to data in the National Health Service (NHS) Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicator number DEM1.  The difference between these figures is the number of people we believe to be living with dementia in the UK without a diagnosis.

The estimates of prevalence rates that are used by Alzheimer's Society are those which were calculated in the Dementia UK report (Knapp and Prince, 2007).  For this report, we commissioned academics to produce a report on numbers of people with dementia and cost of dementia to the UK.  The process used to calculate the prevalence estimates was the Delphi consensus method which is explained in more detail in the report. 

In 2012, 293,738 people in England had an official diagnosis of dementia; Alzheimer's Society estimates that this is 44.2% of the total number of people with dementia.  In Wales, the figure was 17,184 or an estimated 38.5% of the total.  In Northern Ireland the figure was 11,882 or an estimated 63.0% of the total.

 

 
 

Last Updated: Monday 24 February 2014

 

 
  • Acknowledgements

    The above information was published in the 2013 Dementia in Europe Yearbook as part of Alzheimer Europe's 2013 Work Plan which received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme.
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