Dementia in the Asia Pacific: The Epidemic is here

[photo] A care home in South Korea, where dementia has recently been made a national health priority

"Dementia in the Asia Pacific: The Epidemic is here" was a report commissioned by the 15 Asia Pacific members of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI). The report was produced in order to enable Asia Pacific members of ADI to advocate to their governments. It was launched on 21 September 2006, World Alzheimer's Day, with funding from ADI and the Tsao Foundation.

This report has now been superseded by the 2014 Dementia in the Asia Pacific Region report.

Key findings

The report concluded that:

  • The number of people with dementia in the Asia Pacific Region will rise from about 14 million today to 65 million by 2050
  • Over the same period the number of new cases each year will rise from 4 million to 20 million

A disparity exists within the region, where Australian and South Korean governments have made dementia a health priority, but many developing countries have:

  • Limited awareness of dementia
  • An assumption that dementia is a natural part of ageing
  • Inadequate human and financial resources to meet care needs

Recommendations

That all Asia Pacific governments should:

  • Create the climate for change of community attitude and government policy through greater awareness and de-stigmatisation of dementia
  • Build effective coalitions for partnership between policy makers, clinicians, researchers, care givers and people with dementia
  • Promote the development of care services that are responsive to the needs of people with dementia and their family carers.

For more information download the 10 page Executive Summary (PDF) or full 50 page Report (PDF).

Versions of the Report are also available in the following languages: