World Alzheimer Reports

Since 2009, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has published the World Alzheimer Reports, covering a range of topics. You can find out more about ADI on their website

World Alzheimer Report 2020

The World Alzheimer Report 2020 looks at dementia-related design.

The report makes a strong statement that design for dementia is 30 years behind the physical disabilities movement - and that this must change.

The report calls for design solutions to be included in national government's responses to dementia, including in their national plans, recognising design as a vital, non-pharmacological intervention. 

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World Alzheimer Report 2019

The World Alzheimer Report 2019 analyses findings of the world’s largest survey on attitudes to dementia, as well as expert essays and case studies from across the world.

It is hoped that the findings of the survey will re-stimulate and help shape global conversations around dementia, awareness and stigma.

Click here to read an extract from the report - Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust and its experience in supporting kaumātua with dementia

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World Alzheimer Report 2018

The World Alzheimer Report 2018 brings tackles some of the complex questions surrounding dementia research. It looks at the hopes and frustrations and asks why there have been no major medical treatment breakthroughs for over 20 years.

The report looks at a broad cross section of research areas including basic science; diagnosis; drug discovery; risk reduction and epidemiology. With the continued absence of a disease modifying treatment, the report also features progress, innovation and developments in care research.

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World Alzheimer Report 2016

The World Alzheimer Report 2016 reviews research evidence on the elements of healthcare for people with dementia, and, using economic modelling, suggests how it should be improved and made more efficient.

The report argues that current dementia healthcare services are over-specialised, and that a rebalancing is required with a more prominent role for primary and community care.

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World Alzheimer Report 2015

The World Alzheimer Report 2015 predicts that the number of people with dementia worldwide will nearly double every 20 years. 

By carrying out a full update of previous systematic reviews, the report makes key recommendations to provide a global framework for action on dementia. The report also includes a systematic review of the evidence for and against recent trends in the prevalence and incidence of dementia over time, as well as an analysis of the broader societal impact of dementia.

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World Alzheimer Report 2014

The World Alzheimer Report 2014 indicates that there are a number of simple lifestyle changes people can make to reduce their risk of developing dementia later in life.

The report outlines that essentially, what is good for the heart is good for the brain, and outlines five simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of developing dementia: Look after your heart, be physically active, follow a healthy diet, challenge your brain and enjoy social activity

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World Alzheimer Report 2013

The World Alzheimer Report 2013 predicts the number of dependent older people around the world will rise to 277 million in 2050, nearly half of whom will be living with dementia.

The report issues a challenge to all countries to lift the quality of care for people living with dementia, start a national conversation about the funding and structure of services for people with dementia, and work towards national dementia planning. 

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World Alzheimer Report 2012

The World Alzheimer Report 2012 reveals that nearly one in four people with dementia (24%) hide or conceal their diagnosis citing stigma as the main reason. Furthermore, 40% of people with dementia report not being included in everyday life. 

The report also reveals that both people with dementia and carers admitted they had stopped themselves forming close relationships as it was too difficult, and that education, information and awareness were identified as priorities to help reduce the stigma of dementia.

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