The impacts and large costs of dementia are a major challenge and one that is growing fast, all over the world. There are many things that can be done to address this challenge. It is very good that there is increasing awareness of this challenge at political level all over the world, as shown by … Continue reading Responding to the challenge of dementia by funding long-term care: BBC World Service podcast
The more we learn about all the things that we can do to help people affected by dementia to live well, the more pressing it becomes to find a way to bring more funding into the dementia care system. This additional funding is needed not just to keep up an increase numbers of people affected … Continue reading Matching dementia policy aspirations with funding realities: a role for social insurance?
In a world of finite resources, the economist job is, in principle, to help make decisions about how best to spend the resources that we have. In the case of people with dementia, we are working on trying to understand how best to spend increasingly pressured health and social care budgets... and perhaps we are … Continue reading Music in advanced dementia, how do we cost and value pure joy?
It's the first time one of my work trips makes the news, but here it is, I have the honour of being the UK academic mentioned in this news report about the opening of Memory and Company, an "Alzheimer's Health Club" in Toronto. I came across it by chance on Twitter (thank you @DiverseAlz), while … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Health Clubs vs. Day Care: re-thinking dementia care
I'd like to share this work blog post on how unpaid carers pay so much of the costs of dementia: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/healthandsocialcare/2014/09/12/how-unpaid-carers-pay-the-costs-of-dementia/
As an economist working on estimating how much it will cost to look after older people with care needs and dementia in the near future, I often have the role of reminding people that longevity, which is a wonderful human achievement, does come at a cost, and it is a cost that we are not … Continue reading Longevity: opportunities, honesty and planning