EVENTS:

15th May 2014, 13:30 for 14:00 – 16:00, Room LG.08, New Academic Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

Dementia – considered one of the leading challenges for the country as the population ages – has been flagged as a high priority for government, the NHS and local councils. Evidence suggests that there are currently 670,000 people with dementia in England, with annual costs of £23 billion with the contribution of family carers being valued at £8 billion.

In December, the G8 countries held a Dementia Summit in London. The joint declaration from the eight Health Ministers included a commitment “to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers while reducing emotional and financial burden.”

This event launched a new collaborative study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research.

MODEM - Comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia - will develop a comprehensive set of quantitative models to forecast how many people will develop dementia in England over the next 30 years; the unpaid support services available from family and other carers; and the projected costs of their treatment and care. It will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Newcastle University, the University of Southampton, University of Sussex and the International Longevity Centre-UK. It is one of six dementia projects being funded under a major new ESRC/NIHR programme.

There was an opportunity for discussion and debate, with a panel session discussing their visions for dementia care and support in 2040 – and how we get there. Audience members were also encouraged to contribute their visions for 2040 through participating in the open discussion.

This event was free to attend.

Presentation slides from the event are available to view at http://www.pssru.ac.uk/documents/modem-launch-slides.pdf. The video from the day will be available shortly (subject to there being no technical difficulties).