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This paper looks at the role of impact investing in funding and growing a new wave of social innovations that improving quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

This paper looks at the role of impact investing in funding and growing a new wave of social innovations that improving quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

Key Findings

  • The cost of Dementia to society and individuals is significant and projected to grow rapidly
  • Changing policy and increased investment are promising in the fields of research and improved care
  • There are multiple opportunities for businesses, charities and social enterprises to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers
  • Impact investors should look to invest in opportunities and ventures that are innovative in their approach to dementia care

Dementia currently affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, a figure that is set to rise. Although funding for research into the disease is increasing, there are a number of gaps in provision of care and support that offer an opportunity for social investment.

This paper aims to:

  • Give an overview of dementia and its social and economic impact
  • Outline current government policy around dementia and care
  • Look at the role that impact investing can play in different areas: navigating the system; independent living; access to non-pharmacological therapy; support for carers
  • Give examples of products in the UK that are currently tackling issues related to dementia in innovative and creative ways

Authors
Eibhlin Ni Ogain, Katie Mountain

Authors

Katie Mountain

Katie Mountain

Katie Mountain

Investment Manager

Katie joined Nesta in June 2012 as part of the Impact Investment team.  She worked across all stage of the impact investment process from initial appraisal through to deal execution an…

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Eibhlin Ni Ogain

Eibhlin Ni Ogain

Eibhlin Ni Ogain

Insight Manager, Impact Investments

Eibhlin led the Impact Investment fund’s work on evidence and impact measurement. She ran research projects to inform the investment strategies of the fund’s focus areas and supported …

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