Alzheimer's Disease International
- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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Submission for Rio +20 Conference
The global number of people with Alzheimer?s disease and other dementias was 36 million in the year 2010 and it is estimated to rise up to 66 million by the year 2030 and 115 million by 2050, as a result of global ageing. The cost of the disease was $604 billion in 2010 (Source: World Alzheimer Report 2010, http:www.alz.co.uk/worldreport). These diseases will hurt the sustainability of health and finance systems in the future if we don?t act.
What are the solutions?
1. Reduce risk factors for dementia, many of them are in line with other major non-communicable diseases: reduce smoking, obesity, and hypertension and increase physical exercise; prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
2. Improve disease management: earlier diagnosis and intervention improves the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers and it saves money to health care systems. Governments should work on national dementia plans to make this happen.
3. Stimulate innovation and research to find a cure. This means an increase is needed of the currently little research efforts and resources into the working of the brain, prevention and treatments for Alzheimer?s disease and other dementias.
Alzheimer?s Disease International