The NUMBER of people with dementia in Berkshire is set to soar over the next decade, a new report reveals.

The Alzheimer's Society commissioned a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science, shows the number of people with dementia is set to increase by nearly double (46.6 per cent) by 2030.

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As the population ages, a higher proportion of people with dementia will have higher care needs for longer, driving up the average amount spent on care.

More than 60 per cent a year on social care costs in England will fall on people with dementia and their families.

Sylvia, 90 - in her late stages of dementia - had to sell her house to help pay for her dementia care.

Her son Philip said: "Mum would not survive more than 48 hours without nursing care. Why has she had to spend £160,000 to make sure that doesn't happen."

"People with dementia have been sidelined and treated very differently to those with other diseases."

The dementia charity is calling for political parties to commit to 'radically reform dementia care' ahead of the General Election.

The organisation claims they should be funded like other public services such as the NHS and education, where the cost is shared across society.

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Linda Goddard, Alzheimer's Society area manager for Berkshire, said: "Dementia is heart-breaking for families.

"It’s not right that those going through it have to battle to get the care they need on top of battling the disease.

"The cost of dementia care is too much for an individual to bear. It should be spread between us – just like schools, the NHS and other public services. Every party must go into this election with a solid plan to radically reform dementia care.

"Families in crisis need action, and they need it now.”