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Dementia cases set to treble

5th December 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) says 44 million currently live with dementia worldwide but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050.

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These figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London next week.

According to a new analysis, UK cancer research receives funding eight times that of dementia and considering the likely rise in cases, dementia needs to have improved importance.

The report also says most governments are "woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic".

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the UK’s Alzheimer’s society agrees, says: "Dementia is fast becoming the biggest health and social care challenge of this generation."

Rebecca Wood, the chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, says: "research can stem the tide" and that "an intervention to delay the onset of Alzheimer's by five years could halve the number of people who die with the disease" having a "transformative impact on millions of people's lives".

"This progress can only come through research and these figures are a timely reminder of the scale of the challenge ahead of the G8 dementia research summit".

Please let us know if you have been affected by these issues and what your reaction is to these predictions.


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