Exiles World Alzheimer's Day

Newport County AFC are proud to be supporting World Alzheimer's Day.

World Alzheimer's Day, which takes place each year on 21st September, is an international campaign to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia. It is an opportunity for people and organisations to demonstrate how we can overcome these issues and help people live well with dementia.

Someone in the UK develops dementia every three minutes, meaning 30 people will have developed it by the time it takes Newport County AFC to play a Sky Bet League Two game this season.

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is the leading cause of death in the UK, and a landmark study led by the University of Glasgow in October 2019 found a link between professional footballers and dementia.

That is why, as a football club, we want to help raise awareness of people living with dementia and increase understanding of it. 

Last month, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru were confirmed as the main sponsors on the front of the Exiles’ first-team home shirt for the 2020/21 season. The charity campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure, and supports people living with dementia. Inspired by your voices, they’re leading the way in support, society and research. They are calling on everyone to unite, and, by working together, they want to achieve their vision - a world without dementia.

We want our supporters to learn more about dementia and understand how it can affect a person's day-to-day life, and would encourage you to take time out of your day on World Alzheimer's Day to find out more about the disease by clicking here.

Newport County AFC Chairman, Gavin Foxall, said: “It is likely that we know a friend or loved one that has been affected by dementia, which is the leading cause of death in the UK. Football can lead the way in bringing players and fans together.

"As a club, we want to unite to raise awareness of dementia and support people with the everyday issues that they face. We are proud to have Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as our home shirt sponsors this season.”

The statistics below have been supplied by Alzheimer's Society Cymru.

There are around 850,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK

There are over 748,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in England, over 66,000 in Scotland, over 46,000 in Wales, and 22,000 in Northern Ireland

1 in 20 of people over the age of 60 in the world live with dementia

There are estimated to be 54 million people in the world living with dementia, this is more than the population of Spain

40% of those living with dementia live in high income countries

1 in 14 people above the age of 65 are living with dementia

There are over 42,000 people below the age of 65 living with dementia

1 in 6 people above the age of 80 are living with dementia

Dementia prevalence by severity: 14% mild, 28% moderate, 58% severe

Dementia prevalence by type:
Alzheimer's disease (50–75%) which often co-exists with vascular dementia.
Vascular dementia (up to 20%).
Dementia with Lewy bodies (10–15%).
Frontotemporal dementia (2%).

1 in 3 people born in the UK will develop dementia in their lifetime

209,600 people develop dementia every year, this is equivalent to 1 person developing dementia every 3 minutes. 

9.9 million people will develop dementia across the world every year, amounting to 1 every 3 seconds

Over 2.4 million people ever year will develop dementia in Europe, meaning 1 person develops dementia every 13 seconds

65% of those living with dementia are women

There are 25,000 people with dementia from BAME communities (3% of the total number of people with dementia).

1 million people will be living with dementia by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040

By 2040 67% of those living with dementia will have severe dementia, 21% will have moderate dementia, while 12% will have mild dementia

By 2040 the prevalence of dementia in people over 65 will increase from 1 in 14 people to 1 in 12

By 2040 it is estimated that over 102 million people will be living with dementia in the world, in 2050 this will be more than 130 million

In 2030 63% of people living with dementia will be living in a country currently classified as low or middle income