South Wales West Liberal Democrats AM, Peter Black attended the launch of a new report by Alzheimer’s Society, The hidden cost of dementia in Wales todayto show his commitment to improving care and support for people living with dementia and their carers.
Mr Black joined Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales at the National Assembly for Wales to mark the report’s release, which is the first of its kind to provide a financial breakdown of the cost of dementia to society in Wales.
The hidden cost of dementia in Wales report reveals that in 2013 the total cost of dementia in Wales was £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person per year.
The report found that people with dementia, carers and their families currently shoulder around two-thirds of the cost themselves. This amounts to £298 million for private care social care, and equivalent to £622 million in providing unpaid care to people with dementia.
Mr. Black said: ‘I attended today to hear more about the findings of the report and to show my support for to people living with dementia and their carers in my Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. With a growing number of people living with dementia, it's becoming increasingly important that we find a way of working in collaboration to meet the challenge dementia presents.