Did you know one in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than 10 years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
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Worldwide cost of dementia has reached $818 billion (£521 billion)
It will become a trillion dollar disease by 2018, finds the World Alzheimer Report 2015.
In Europe there has been a significant increase in the costs expected for 2015, up from $240 billion in 2010 to $300 billion today (£191 billion).
If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy – more than the market value of companies such as Apple ($742 billion/ £472 billion) and Google ($368 billion/ £234 billion)*.
The report, which was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), calls for the UK and countries around the world to invest more in care and research to tackle what this new data confirms is a global epidemic. It shows that Western Europe has the second largest population of people living with dementia – with 7.4 million people thought to have the condition.
The updated global prevalence, incidence and cost estimates are based on new research led by Professor Martin Prince from King’s College London’s Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care**. These new findings take into account both the growing numbers of older people (population ageing), and new and better evidence on the number of people living with dementia, and costs incurred. Regionally, Europe will account for a quarter of the new cases of dementia in 2015.
*source: Forbes 2015 ranking
**The King’s College London Global Observatory works in collaboration with researchers from other universities. Economic costs were estimated by Professor Anders Wimo from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and the searches of Chinese language databases were led by Dr Yu-Tzu Wu from the University of Cambridge.
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