World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, the number of people with dementia or dementia throughout the world will be tripled by 2050. WHO says, as many as 35.6 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia.
The UN health agency says, that number will double to 65.7 million in 2030 and reached 115.4 million in 2050. This report published by WHO in Dementia: public health priority.
WHO said the share of cases of dementia in poor countries and the middle will increase to 70 percent in 2050, given the growing elderly population.
Dementia is caused by various diseases of the brain that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform daily activities.
“We need to improve our ability to detect early dementia and provide medical care and necessary social,” said Oleg Chestnov, assistant director-general of no communicable diseases and mental health from the WHO.
“Much can be done to reduce the burden of patients with dementia. But unfortunately, many health workers are not adequately trained to recognize symptoms of dementia,” he added.
WHO noted that only eight countries worldwide that have a national program to cope with dementia. In fact, dementia is a public health priority.
WHO is also highlighting is still a lack of information and understanding about dementia, as well as the strong stigma sometimes makes patients delay seeking medical assistance.
“The low public understanding of dementia and the stigma must be overcome,” said Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Meanwhile, Shekhar Saxena, head of WHO’s mental health department revealed that the prevalence of dementia will explode in this century, along with the length of one’s life expectancy.
“Those aged over 65 years, 1 in 8 of them will have dementia. While those aged over 85 years one of 2.5 people will develop dementia,” said Saxena.