Report: dementia rates set to double in Europe by 2050

The other day, scientists from Alzheimer Europe presented a report at the European Parliament, which contains the results of recent research and updated indicators of dementia prevalence. According to the document, almost 19 million people in Europe will suffer from dementia by 2050. The total number of patients in the world will exceed 150 million people. This is reported by EurekAlert.

According to the World Health Organization, dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Today, about 50 million people around the world suffer from it, and almost 10 million new cases occur annually. 

WHO researchers estimate that by 2030 the total number of people affected will be about 82 million and by 2050 more than 150 million.

The forecast made by European scientists is based on meta-analysis of 16 studies and is relevant for the inhabitants of Europe. The main conclusions of the report are:

  • Over the past ten years, the prevalence of dementia has decreased in all age groups. Among women (except for the 75-79 age group) it has also decreased.

  • It is estimated that today the total number of people with dementia in the European Union is about 7.8 million. As for the rest of the European countries, there are more than 9.7 million patients.

  • Women are still more likely to suffer from dementia: 6.6 million women, compared to 3.1 million men.

  • By 2050, the number of dementia patients in the EU will increase to 14.3 million, and in the wider European region to 18.8 million.

Scientists point out that even despite the decline in the prevalence of dementia (which they attribute to the commitment of people to a healthy lifestyle), in the future, mankind expects an increase in morbidity. In their opinion, the lack of more effective methods of treatment and prevention of dementia will increase the number of new cases. 

Feb. 20, 2020, 11:07 a.m.

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