This information comes to us by way of US Against Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Disease International. USAgainst Alzheimer’s is a US organization committed to stopping dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease International is the federation of all Alzheimer’s Associations around the world, and collaborates with the World Health Organization.
New global estimates of the global impact of dementia are now available from Alzheimer’s Disease International. Spoiler alert: They aren’t good.
The World Alzheimer Report 2015 shows an increase in dementia across a number of categories.
- 2015 prevalence estimates are 12-13% higher than those made in the World Alzheimer Report 2009: The number of people worldwide living with dementia will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050.
- 2015 incidence estimate is 30% higher than the annual number of new cases estimated for 2010: There are over 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year worldwide, which means one new case every 3.2 seconds.
- 2015 costs of dementia have increased for all world regions, with the greatest relative increases in Africa and East Asia: Global costs of dementia have increased from US$604 billion in 2010 to US$818 billion in 2015 (1.09% of global GDP).
Check out a powerful infographic from Alzheimer’s Disease International on the global impact of dementia.