September is World Alzheimer’s Month – Just a Few Facts

For the second year, September is proclaimed World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.  Worldwide, dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form, claims 7.7 million new cases per year.  The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2050, more than 115 million people throughout the world will have dementia.  The most recent statistics from 2010 indicate there are currently 35.6 million people worldwide with a form of dementia.  International studies make it clear that dementia occurs in every country of the world.  Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 65 and 1 in 5 over the age of 80.

Global Costs are Devastating

Caregivers understand the devastating personal and financial impact to an elder with Alzheimer’s, as well as to the impact to the family.  But globally, the World Health Organization, in 2010, estimated the total societal cost of dementia as $604 billion (US$), or 1% of the worldwide gross domestic product (GDP).

G8 Countries to Unite for a Global Solution

On 11 December 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK will host a G8 Summit to make the fight against dementia a coordinated global effort.  It is great to see this taking on more of a priority among our world leaders.  For the rest of us, we can take action too.  The above video gives some ideas, and hopefully will inspire at least one person to take a step toward bringing more attention to this devastating disease.