Let’s Make World Alzheimer’s Day World Cognitive Reserve’s Day
Posted Sep 21 2010 10:59am
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. To raise awareness and funds, associations worldwide organize multiple activities including important Memory Walks , and a new report helps quantify the growing personal and economic burden of the disease.
Among the report findings:
Close to 36 million people worldwide have dementia today
Dementia care costs around 1 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), or 604 billion US dollars. Of these, 252 billion represent indirect costs of care, while annual direct medical costs account for 96 billion, and direct non-medical costs for 256 billion
By 2030, worldwide societal costs will increase by over 85 percent
The good news?
That the number 1 reason for the bad news is simple: we live longer than ever before