About Dementia

Understanding Dementia

With the number of aging populations increasing worldwide, dementia is fast becoming a critical healthcare issue. Its impact on individuals and families is devastating and the economic implications are also becoming clear – dementia is already the world’s 18th largest economy, with an estimated cost in excess of EUR 450 billion (2010).

A public heath priority

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified dementia as a public health priority and encourages governments worldwide to take action in order to control this threat to global health.

Dementia is overwhelming, not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is a lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in most countries, resulting in stigmatisation and barriers to diagnosis and care. - World health organisation

Demographic ageing is a worldwide process that reflects the successes of improved health care over the last century. Many people are now living longer and healthier lives. Dementia mainly affects older people, although there is a growing awareness of cases that start before the age of 65.

There are 7.7 million new cases of dementia each year, implying that there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world every four seconds. As of 2013, there were an es- timated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. This number is set to increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030, and 135.5 million in 2050 (according to Alzheimer’s Disease International).

44.4 mil

people with dementia worldwide.