Jun 16, 2007

Newest Estimate of Worldwide Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease 26.6 Million

The latest worldwide estimate of Alzheimer’s disease prevalence shows that 26.6 million people were living with the disease in 2006, according to research reported today at the 2nd Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia in Washington, D.C.

The researchers predict that global prevalence of Alzheimer’s will quadruple by 2050 to more than 100 million, at which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be living with the disease. More than 40 percent of those cases will be in late stage Alzheimer’s requiring a high level of attention equivalent to nursing home care.

Read more of this study and its findings.