78 million people will suffer from dementia by 2030 – up 45% – WHO predicts

About 78 million people may suffer from dementia by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts in a new report. That would be a 42% increase over the current number, which was 55 million in 2019.

By 2050, the number of people with dementia could reach 139 million, the WHO believes, 153 percent more than in 2019.

However, most countries do not have a national policy or plan to support people with dementia and their families.

This is especially true in low-income countries, where the burden of dementia care often falls on family members who do not receive formal training or compensation.

Currently, dementia care costs the world $1.3 trillion a year, which could rise to $2.8 trillion by 2030 as the number of patients and costs of care increase.

WHO urges national leaders to plan for this increase in costs and to support patients with dementia in their countries.

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