New research shows global dementia cases are forecasted to triple by 2050: Alzheimer's Society comments

New research presented today (Tuesday 27th July) at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC), held in Denver, USA, estimated that the number of people with dementia will nearly triple to more than 152 million by 2050.

Research from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine has showed that although improvements in global education access are expected to decrease dementia prevalence, this is countered by an increase in heart health risk factors which will increase prevalence. 

Dr Richard Oakley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society said: 

“These new figures confirm our fears that many more people around the world are set to experience the heartache of dementia, but there’s hope with decisive action."

“The UK now has a fantastic opportunity to position itself as a global science superpower and a world leader in revolutionary social care, changing the lives of millions of people affected by dementia."

"We’ve come so far since our research 30 years ago, which led to the first clinical trials of targeted treatments to slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

But there is still a long way to go, and we must attract the best brains in dementia research to the UK to further our understanding in the causes, treatment and prevention of dementia."
“All this is only possible with a substantial financial commitment. Funding has been hit hard by the pandemic and we urgently need the Government to commit to their promise to double dementia research funding. Research is our only hope to beat dementia.”

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