More than 35 million people live with dementia throughout the world, according to
the World Health Organisation; more than half of whom live in low and middle
income countries. The global costs of treating and caring for people with dementia are estimated to exceed £376bn per year.
Currently there are 101 million people requiring care worldwide, but the latest annual report from Alzheimer’s Disease International warns this figure could rise to 277 million by 2050. Approximately one in 10 people (13%) aged 60 or over require long-term care; and roughly half of all older people who need personal care have dementia. It is
estimated that 80% of older people in nursing homes could be living with dementia.
Mazumdar, T. (2013). Elderly care needs ‘set to treble’ by 2050. London: BBC Health News, September 19th 2013.
This relates to:
Prince, M. Prina, M. and Guerchet, M. (2013). World Alzheimer Report 2013. Journey of caring: an analysis of long-term care for dementia. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), September 2013.
Note: The full list of the ADI’s World Alzheimer Reports is available online.
Possibly also of interest:
Mayston, R. Guerra, M. Huang, Y. [et al] (2014). Exploring the economic and social effects of care dependence in later life: protocol for the 10/66 research group INDEP study. Springerplus. July 28th 2014; 3: 379.