Number of people living with dementia in the Asia Pacific region set to triple by 2050

7 November 2014 - A new regional report by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has revealed that by 2050, more than half of the total number of people with dementia worldwide will live in the Asia Pacific region, urging governments and policy makers to recognise the need for increased awareness, education and research into dementia.

The new report, Dementia in the Asia Pacific Region, estimates that the number of people with dementia in the region will increase from 23 million in 2015 to almost 71 million by 2050. Globally, the current figures stand at 44 million people in 2013, rising to 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050.

The report also highlights the tremendous costs associated with dementia in the Asia Pacific region, a figure which currently stands at US$185 billion. It is estimated that 70% of this amount occurs in the advanced economies, which only account for 18% of the regional prevalence of the disease. These figures are likely to increase as the numbers of people with dementia grow, burdening the health systems of countries in the region, especially those in low and middle income nations.

Four major challenges are outlined in the report: the limited awareness of dementia, the false perception that dementia is a natural part of ageing, inadequate human and financial resources to meet the care needs of people with dementia, and inadequate training for professional carers.

Find out more and download a copy of the report here