Sep 22, 2013

Journey of Caring, An Analysis of Long Term Care for Dementia

People living with dementia have special needs for care and the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. ~ Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room

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The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia, reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support.

World Alzheimer Report 2013


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If dementia were a country, it would be the world's 21st largest economy ranking between Poland and Saudi Arabia.
  • More than 35 million people worldwide live with dementia today. By 2050, the number is expected to more than triple to 115 million.
  • Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly triple from 101 to 277 million.
  • Around half (50%) of all older people who need personal care have dementia.
  • 80% of older people in nursing homes are living with dementia.
  • The worldwide cost of dementia care is currently over US $600 billion, or around 1% of global GDP. These costs are expected to double by 2050.
  • Those over age 60 who are now dependent on personal care account for 13% of the world's population.
World Alzheimer Report 2013
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