- Dementia is one of the most serious health and social care challenges facing Ireland today. It affects every community, every family.
- There are nearly 48,0001 people living with dementia in Ireland today.
- This number will increase to 68,216 in 2021 and 132,828 by 20412.
- About 4,0003 people develop dementia each year.
- There are an estimated 4,0004 people aged under 65 in Ireland living with younger onset dementia.
- There are 50,0005 family carers in Ireland providing care to someone with dementia.
- The majority (63%) of people with dementia live in the community6
- The annual cost of dementia is approximately €1.698 billion per annum: 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% to residential care; and formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost7.
 Department of Health (2014) The Irish National Dementia Strategy. http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/30115-National-Dementia-Strategy-Eng.pdf
 Cahill, S. O’Shea, E. Pierce, M. (2012) Excellence in Dementia Care. TCD and NUIG
 Pierce, M. Cahill, S. and O’Shea, E. (2014) Prevalence and Projections of Dementia in Ireland.
 Cahill, S. O’Shea, E. and Pierce, M. (2012) Excellence in Dementia Care. TCD and NUIG.
 Cahill, S. & Pierce, M (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland. Genio Dementia Learning Event.