The December 2013 report from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) predicts that global cases of dementia will triple to 135 million by 2050.
Dementia, the term used to describe the symptoms of a number of illnesses that affect the brain is becoming a global epidemic. According to the estimates from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a non-profit campaign group, 44 million people worldwide have dementia currently. The number is expected to reach 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050. By 2050, 71 percent of people with dementia will live in middle- and low-income nations. The projected number of people with dementia in 2050 is now 17 percent higher than the ADI estimate in the 2009 World Alzheimer Report.
The estimates were made for the G8 Dementia Summit held in London, England. The summit was held in an effort to develop a coordinated and collaborative approach to the development of dementia research studies and treatments. During the summit leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025. The report also states that many governments are woefully unprepared for this epidemic.
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Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a fatal brain disease that has no cure and few effective treatments. There are reliable healthcare centers providing neurology services that can ease some of the symptoms associated with the condition including cognitive (memory and thinking) problems and other associated symptoms such as depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Geriatric care management services can help elderly dementia patients improve the quality of their lives and keep them positive and energetic. Treatment programs may include in-depth assessment programs, care plan development and implementation, ongoing care management, follow-up and monitoring of care, elder care counseling and support, medication management, crisis intervention, consumer education and advocacy.