A Brighter Horizon

I’ve just read a social media post stating that in the UK, 1 in 14 people aged 65 and over are diagnosed with dementia.

Not sure where this figure came from but if you are looking forward to retiring at 65 or continuing working beyond then, this might put a bit of a dampener on things.

It’s worth looking at the age related risk according to The Alzheimer’s Society who report that ‘for people aged between 65 and 69, around 2 in every 100 people have dementia.

A person’s risk then increases as they age, roughly doubling every five years.  Of those aged over 90, around 33 in every 100 people have dementia.’

As bad as a diagnosis of dementia is, I think it is in everyone’s interest to put the risk in context and not frighten people.