|44 million dementia sufferers worldwide, study predicts worse to come
The number of people suffering from dementia has risen 22 percent in the past three years and 44 million are living with the disease worldwide, according to a study.
The report from Alzheimer Disease International predicts that the number of people suffering from the disease will triple worldwide to 135 million by 2050.
According to the new figures, 16 million people in western Europe will be living with the condition by 2050.
Marc Wortmann, executive director at Alzheimer Disease International, said: “It's a global epidemic and it is only getting worse – if we look into the future the numbers of elderly people will rise dramatically.
“It's vital that the World Health Organisation makes dementia a priority, so the world is ready to face this condition.''
The study was released ahead of a G8 summit on dementia being held in London next week.
Actress Carey Mulligan has urged G8 health ministers increase funding for dementia research.
“Since my own grandmother, Nans, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I have experienced at first hand just how terribly painful and frightening dementia can be for both the person diagnosed and their family,'' she wrote in a letter published in today's Times of London. “On behalf of all those who have dementia today, and the future generations who might still be spared, I would urge the G8 to deliver.''--AFP