As the forgetful one in the cast, it’s kind of ironic that I’m the one writing about this. According to a study published yesterday by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease & other forms of dementia is set to double over the next 20 years. The research was done by a team of people, led by Professor Martin Prince from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.
The study predicts that by next year there will be 35 million people with dementia worldwide and by 2030 it will be at 65.7 million and then 115 million by 2050 – yikes! The study calls on the World Health Organization to make dementia a priority so that countries will have plans for a way to deal with it.
The percentage of older people affected by dementia has gone up in three parts of the world: up to 5.7% from 3.4 % in south Asia, up to 8.5% from 7.3% in Latin America, and up 7.3% from 5.9% in western Europe.
One part of the study that I found interesting was where it also talked about the impact on the people that care for those affected by the disease. They say “Caring is a full-time job – an average of around eight hours per day for a relative with moderate to severe dementia,” Prince said. “In all parts of the world, carers – who are most commonly female and the spouses or children of the persons with dementia – often experience high levels of strain….Studies reviewed in the new report suggest that half to three-quarters of carers have significantly psychological illness, while up to a third have clinical depression.
Has your family been affected by dementia?