New research examines the number of people living with dementia in Ireland

Researchers from the CESRD, Dr Tom Pierse and Dr Fiona Keogh along with colleague Dr Stephen O’Neill, published new research on the numbers of people living with dementia in Ireland. The study provides estimates and projections of the number of cases that are consistent with available Irish data. They show that irrespective of whether the incidence rate of dementia is declining the number of cases of dementia in Ireland is rapidly increasing due to population ageing. They estimate that there will be 65,000 people over 65 years of age living with dementia in Ireland in 2021 and that this figure will increase to 100,000 by 2036. The paper outlines a method for generating improved projections in situations were limited data is available. 

The study is published in BMJ Open and freely available at this link.