-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people
worldwide living with dementia could more than triple by 2050, a
new report reveals.
Currently, an estimated 44 million people worldwide have
dementia. That number is expected to reach 76 million in 2030 and
135 million by 2050. Those estimates come from an Alzheimer's
Disease International (ADI) policy brief for the upcoming G8
Dementia Summit in London, England.
The projected number of people with dementia in 2050 is now 17
percent higher than ADI estimated in the 2009 World Alzheimer
The new policy brief also predicts a shift in the worldwide
distribution of dementia cases, from the richest nations to middle-
and low-income countries. By 2050, 71 percent of people with
dementia will live in middle- and low-income nations, according to
Research must become a global priority if improvements are to be
made to the quality and coverage of dementia care. Equal emphasis
should be given to policymaking, health and social care service and
health system development, the report recommends.
"At the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit . . . it is not just the G8 countries, but all nations, that must commit to a sustained increase in dementia research," ADI executive director Marc Wortmann said in a news release.
The G8 Dementia Summit, to be held Dec. 11, will seek to
identify and agree on a new international approach to dementia
research and policy.
"The absence of dementia public policy renders governments woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic, and there is an urgent need for a collaborative, global action plan for governments, industry and nonprofit organizations like Alzheimer associations," the ADI news release stated.
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