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.
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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.
I believe care at home is the preferred option for persons living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.
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