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The world's population is ageing. There are an estimated 35.6 million people in the world with dementia, and this number is expected to increase to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050. Approximately 60% of people with dementia live in developing countries and numbers are increasing. More details can be found under statistics.
The World Alzheimer Report 2009 provides the most comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date data on the prevalence of dementia and the numbers of people affected in different world regions. The World Alzheimer Report 2010 builds on the 2009 report, providing the best available data and insights regarding the worldwide economic impact of dementia.
The 10/66 Dementia Research Group are researchers who are redressing the fact that, when the group was created, less than 10% of all population-based research into dementia had been directed towards the 66% of people with dementia who live in developing countries. The group looks at the numbers of people with dementia, care arrangements and support services in developing countries.
ADI and Fondation Médéric Alzheimer collaborated to present the Alzheimer's Award for psychosocial interventions to promote this type of research, aimed at supporting and enhancing the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers
The IMPACT (Important Perspectives on Alzheimer's Care and Treatment) study was designed to assess current beliefs and behaviors surrounding Alzheimer's disease and dementia among key stakeholder groups from 5 European countries.
The Stroud Symposia Series is a collaborative effort between the Stroud Center, ADI, and the Institute of Psychiatry, which is collecting narratives about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers. These narratives give insights into improving the Quality of Life of people with dementia and their carers.
Medical research is also important, and some of ADI's member Alzheimer associations actively support research in their own countries. More information about research can be found on the web sites of Alzheimer's Association (USA), Alzheimer's Society (UK), Alzheimer Society of Canada, or the association in your country.