Dementia - a local and global perspective

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland , almost 48,000 are living with dementia and by 2041 that number will have increased to over 132,000. Dementia is one of the priority conditions in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), which aims to scale up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. According to the WHO, dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. 47.5 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year, which implies there is a new case every 4 seconds. Going forward, the total number of people with dementia is projected to 75.6 million in 2030 and almost triple by 2050 to 135.5 million.

We can offer guidance whether you are building, refurbishing or developing dementia-friendly communities, ensuring you select the flooring and wall cladding that will help maximise quality of life, and meet legal requirements.

“Providing high quality care for the increasing number of people living with dementia, is one of the major challenges of the 21st-century. It is vital that care services understand the importance of having appropriate physical environments, in which to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Over the years, we have developed a much greater understanding of how to use colour and texture, and the importance of designing services that enable people to live well, and maintain as much of their independence as possible.

“Altro, through its experience in designing and developing care environments, has built up an impressive bank of knowledge, and has always strived to be at the cutting edge of design and innovation. Any service that is considering refurbishment, or developing new facilities, can gain a lot helpful advice from the Altro team.”
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England