The number of people with dementia worldwide will nearly double every 20 years, according to the 2015 World Alzheimer Report. The report also confirms Alzheimers NZ’s estimate that the number of New Zealanders with dementia will nearly treble to over 150,000 by 2050.
The report, released today, projects that global healthcare costs related to dementia will escalate from US$818 billion today to $1 trillion in three years’ time.
In Australasia, the total cost of dementia has risen by 40% in the last five years – higher than the global average of 35%. In 2011, Alzheimers NZ estimated the costs at almost $1b.
The 2015 World Alzheimer Report updates Alzheimer’s Disease International’s data on dementia's global prevalence, incidence and cost. The report makes key recommendations to provide a global framework for action on dementia.
We were delighted to see so many people attend the launch of the 2015 World Alzheimer Report in Wellington on Wednesday, 26 August. A special thanks to our guest speakers Dr Phil Wood from the Brain Research Clinic, Jan Adams from Bupa, and our new Champion for Dementia Kerry Prendergast, who spoke so movingly about her personal experience.
Speakers (left to right): Dr Phil Wood from the Brain Research Clinic, Jan Adams from Bupa, and champion for dementia Kerry Prendergast.
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