The UK Alzheimer’s Research Trust has recently released a new study on the economic cost of dementia to the UK and the country’s investment in research to find new treatments, preventions and cures.

Entitled Dementia 2010 the report findings show that dementia’s impact is worse than feared and costs Britain £23bn a year – more than cancer and heart disease combined – but receives a fraction of the funding.

“The true impact of dementia has been ignored for too long,” said Rebecca Wood, the Alzheimer’s Research Trust chief executive. “The UK’s dementia crisis is worse than we feared. This report shows that dementia is the greatest medical challenge of the 21st century.