Dementia has enormous impacts on the quality of life of people with this condition and their carers. As the population ages, the numbers affected will increase considerably. A major challenge is how to provide high-quality treatment and support to these individuals in ways that are valuable to them, and at a cost considered by society to be affordable.

MODEM aims to generate new evidence to inform policy and practice so as to better meet needs, promote the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers, and achieve efficiency in the use of resources.

The project involves researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Universities of Southampton, Newcastle and Sussex, and the International Longevity Centre-UK.

MODEM will develop a comprehensive set of models to estimate current and future needs, outcomes and costs, drawing on methods from a range of disciplines, with the involvement of people with dementia and their carers. An important outcome will be a publicly available legacy model for others to use. Individuals and stakeholders will be able to make their own projections of needs for care and support.