In a policy brief launched today, entitled The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010), reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million). The report also estimates that by 2050, 71% of people with dementia will live in low or middle income countries.
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“Increasing numbers of people affected by dementia worldwide is cause for alarm, but research can stem the tide. An intervention to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years could halve the number of people who die with the disease, having a transformative impact on millions of people’s lives. This progress can only come through research and these figures are a timely reminder of the scale of the challenge ahead of the G8 dementia research summit.
“To deliver real progress for people with dementia we must invest in the brightest minds and the biggest ideas. We must understand the barriers to progress in research and forge partnerships worldwide to overcome them. With one dementia researcher for every six working in cancer, we must inspire and invest in the next generation of scientists to take on and solve the biggest health challenge of our time.”
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