[This abstract first appeared in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 3 October 2010].
The World Alzheimer Report 2010 gives a comprehensive global picture of the economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Dementia poses the most significant health and social crisis of the century. The global financial burden continues to escalate. The costs associated with dementia will amount to more than 1% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year, at $604bn (£388bn). These costs include an estimate of direct medical costs, direct non-medical costs and costs of informal (family) care.
Estimates are broken down by world region and include analysis of the differences between low and high income countries.
Policy recommendations are presented. The World Health Organization is advised to make dementia a world priority. Increased investment on research into new treatments might save nations money in the future by decreasing the disease burden. Doing nothing is not going to be a realistic option.
Wimo, A. and Prince, M. (2010). World Alzheimer Report 2010: the global economic impact of dementia. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI ), September 2010.