The Alzheimer's Trust has produced a major new report into the impact of, and funding for, dementia. The report estimates the number of people with dementia in the U.K. at 821,884 and found that dementia costs the U.K. economy around £23bn a year. This compares with £12bn for cancer, £8bn for heart disease and £5bn for stroke. However, dementia is the poor relation as far as research funding goes. For every £1m in costs of the condition dementia research receives £4,882, compared to £129,269 for cancer, £73,153 for heart disease and £8,745 for stroke.
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