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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

Chapter 23 - Carers

Summary

Chapter 1 discusses the welcome drop in early death and the corresponding rise in the numbers of older people and those with dementia. In tandem with the rise in the numbers of older people throughout the world comes the increase in the numbers of family carers who are looking after them. More than 70% of people with dementia in high-income countries live in their own homes supported mainly by family [1,2]. In low- and middle-income countries there is less care home provision and thus a higher percentage of people with dementia live at home [3].