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Ahead of today’s international summit on dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease International produced a report assessing the future impact of Alzheimer’s across the globe.
The report, entitled The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-50, predicts a 17 per cent increase in the number of people living with dementia, compared to the original estimates by Alzheimer’s Disease International in 2009.
Significantly, the report also predicts a shift in the distribution of dementia across the world. Whereas previously high-income countries have witnessed the strongest visible trends, it says low- and middle-income countries will in future feel the heaviest burden.
“By 2050, 71 per cent of people with dementia will live in low and middle income countries,” the document predicts.