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The world's population is ageing. As of 2013, there are an estimated 44.4 million people in the world with dementia, and this number is expected to increase to over 135 million by 2050. Much of the increase will be in developing countries, where already nearly two-thirds of people with dementia live. More details can be found under statistics.
The World Alzheimer Reports provide the most comprehensive data on dementia worldwide, including prevalence and economic impact.
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 was a collaborative effort between the Stroud Center, ADI, and the Institute of Psychiatry, which collected narratives about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers. These narratives gave 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.