By 2050 dementia cases are ‘set to treble worldwide'
- 05 Dec
Alzheimer's Disease International has said that by 2050 135 million people will be living with the disease.
In the UK dementia research only receives one eight of the amount of funding spent on cancer, which charities say is insufficient. Therefore they have released the figures prior to the G8 dementia summit which will take place in London next week.
Due to increasing life expectancies Alzheimer's Disease International expects a surge in the number of cases in poor and middle-income countries, particularly South East Asia and Africa.
There are currently 38% of cases in rich countries however it is predicted that the balance will shift significantly by 2050, with 71% of patients in poor and middle-income countries, reports the BBC.
The report says most governments are "woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic".
Marc Wortmann, the executive director at Alzheimer Disease International, 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."
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the UK's Alzheimer's Society, said: "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. The G8 is our once-in-a-generation chance to conquer this condition and we must see meaningful action after the talking is over."
Rebecca Wood, the chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, 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."
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