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Number of people with dementia 'set to double every 20 years'

Number of people with dementia 'set to double every 20 years'
22nd September 2009

A new report published by Alzheimer's Disease International has highlighted some worrying statistics for the progression of the condition in future years.

The statistics, looked into by King's College London, discovered that the number of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease will nearly double every 20 years, rising to 65.7 million in 2030 and then 115.4 million in 2050.

The executive director of the ADI Marc Wortmann said: "Alzheimer's will impose enormous burdens on individuals, families, healthcare infrastructures and the global economy.

"There is hope yet, if action is taken now to fund improvements in dementia care services and to increase investment in research."

Mr Wortmann added that national Alzheimer's disease action plans have been created in Australia, France, Korea and England, with several more in development to tackle the issue.

King's College London is regarded as a top-25 university in the world and is based in the heart of the capital, teaching over 19,700 students and 6,200 postgraduates.

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