Bruce's Blog - More likely?

Bruce's Blog - More likely?

How many people do there need to be in a room in order for it to be more likely than not that two of them will have the same birthday (born on the same day and month but not necessarily same year)?

The answer is just 23 - so there is a more than 50% chance of two of the players and referee on the pitch in a football match having the same birthday. Instinctively you might have expected it to be a far bigger number.     

A girl born today has better than a 1 in 3 chance of living to her 100th birthday but a male born in 1964 (that's me) has only a 11% chance of making it to 100.  

These improving odds however also mean that more people are likely to be living with dementia. The chance of having dementia is 1 in 6 for people over 80 so as our population ages the number of people with dementia is set to increase from 850,000 today to over 1.1 million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2050.

But, even if they share the same birthday, no two people with dementia are the same. We still need to ensure we see the person and not just the statistic.

7 out of 10 people with dementia are also living with another medical condition or disability and 40% say they are lonely.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week.  I hope that all the 2014 people we helped become Dementia Friends last year and many more that had already become Dementia Friends or done so in 2015 will remember the commitments that were made to help remove the stigma from dementia and do all we can to help those who have the disease.

Good support and help for people with dementia should no longer be a lottery.