The widespread disease dementia is spreading dramatically and devours enormous sums. Somewhere in the world a person gets the condition every 3.2 seconds. The number of people affected will be almost tripled by 2050 according to scientists in London at the launch of the World Alzheimer’s Report in 2015.
They called on the government and employers to invest more in prevention. Currently 46.8 million people are living with dementia. In 2030 it will be 74.1 million, in 2050 already 131.5 million – about 60 percent in poorer countries. Experts estimate the social and economic costs will generate more than 700 billion euros yearly.
Dementia in Germany in figures
- Currently there are about 1.5 million people who are suffering from dementia (70% women, 30% men); there are nearly 47 million worldwide.
- Experts expect that in the year 2030 there will be approximately 2.5 million people with dementia in Germany;
about 200,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed annually.
- In the ages from 65-69, one in twenty suffers from dementia, although between 80 and 90 almost every third person is affected by the disease.
- The costs of Alzheimer’s disease per patient per year are at an average of € 43,767 (where 2.5% is carried by the statutory health insurance, 29.6% by the statutory nursing care and 67.9% and 67.9% by the family)
- A treatment that delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by three years could save 150 billion euros in the first few years after its introduction.