The national disease dementia spreads dramatically and devours enormous sums. Even today, every 3.2 seconds somewhere on the earth falls a human being. The number of people affected will almost triple by 2050, according to scientists in London at the presentation of the World Alzheimer’s Report 2015.
They called on government and employers to invest more in prevention. At present, 46.8 million people worldwide live with dementia. In 2030 it will be 74.1 million, in 2050 131.5 million – around 60 per cent in poorer countries. Experts estimate social and economic costs to be annually more than 700 billion euros.
Dementia in Germany in figures
- Currently, there are approximately 1.5 million people with dementia (70% women, 30% men), with almost 47 million worldwide.
- Experts estimate that in 2030 about 2.5 million people with dementia in Germany
Around 200,000 new dementia patients are diagnosed annually
- Between the ages of 65 and 69, every twentieth is suffering from dementia, but between 80 and 90 almost every third person is affected by the disease
- The cost of Alzheimer’s dementia is an average of € 43,767 per patient and year (2.5% for statutory health insurance, 29.6% for statutory long-term care insurance and 67.9% for family)
- A treatment delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by three years could save 150 billion euros in the first few years after their introduction.