Cases of dementia to double in Western Europe by 2050
Published 5 December 2013
Number of people with dementia worldwide far greater than expected.
In the UK, dementia is the most feared health condition in over 55's and costs the economy £23bn a year, more than cancer, stroke or heart disease combined. The government committed to spend £66m on dementia research by 2015, but this is still one eighth of what is spent on cancer research in the UK.The G8 Summit in London on 11 December brings together international leaders to tackle dementia on a global scale. Together with charities worldwide Alzheimer's Society is calling for leaders from around the world to:
- commit to meaningful, shared steps to drive forward dementia research and agree to a collaborative global action plan
- significantly increase investment in dementia research that will transform the lives of people with dementia across the globe
- attract, develop and retain the best scientists, clinicians and care professionals.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer's Society said:
'It's a global epidemic and it is only getting worse, if we look into the future the numbers of elderly people will rise dramatically. It's vital that the World Health Organization makes dementia a priority, so the world is ready to face this condition.'
'Dementia is fast becoming the biggest health and social care challenge of this generation. We must tackle dementia now, for those currently living with the condition across the world and for those millions who will develop dementia in the future.
'Lack of funding means dementia research is falling behind other conditions. The G8 is our once in a generation chance to conquer this condition and we must see meaningful action after the talking is over.'
Please contact Alzheimer's Society on 08450 744 395/ email@example.com for further information and statistical breakdown of the prevalence statistics.Notes to editors
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) published global prevalence data on dementia in the World Alzheimer Report 2009 1 based on a systematic review of 154 studies conducted worldwide, and United Nations population projections through to the year 2050. We estimated 36 million people with dementia in 2010, nearly doubling every 20 years to 66 million by 2030 and to 115 million by 2050.
Since 2009, the global evidence base has expanded, most particularly with a new systematic review of the prevalence of dementia in China.
For the current update, we carried out a limited review, focusing on the new evidence emerging from China and the sub-Saharan African regions, and applied the new prevalence proportions to the latest (2012) UN population projectionsAlzheimer's Society
- One in three people over 65 will develop 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 ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
- Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
- Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Alzheimer's Society has a plan to deal with dementia. Help us support people to live well today and fight for a world without dementia tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
- Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk
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