Alzheimer and Dementia International (ADI) launched the World Alzheimer Report 2015 on Wednesday 26th August, The report updates data on the global prevalence, incidence and cost of dementia. By carrying out a full update of previous systematic reviews, the report makes key recommendations to provide a global framework for action on dementia.
Today, over 46 million people live with dementia worldwide, more than the population of Spain. This number is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.
Dementia also has a huge economic impact. Today, the total estimated worldwide cost of dementia is US $818 billion, and it will become a trillion dollar disease by 2018. This means that if dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy, more than the market values of companies such as Apple (US$ 742 billion), Google (US$ 368 billion) and Exxon (US$ 357 billion).
You can read the full report here.