This post includes some scary dementia facts and figures about the global impact of dementia from the World Alzheimer Report 2015 which was independently researched by King’s College London and supported by Bupa.
Dementia facts & figures worldwide
- Around 46.8 million people have dementia worldwide (2015).
- This figure is thought to be nearer 50 million in 2017.
- This figure is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.
- Someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds.
By world region
The estimated number of people living with dementia (2015) by world region are:
- America’s – 9.4 million.
- Africa – 4 million.
- Europe – 10.5 million.
- Asia – 22.9 million.
- In the UK it is estimated that there are 850,000 people living with dementia (approx 530,000 have been diagnosed).
- This figure is estimated to increase to 2 million by 2051.
Causes of dementia
Although there is a lot of contradictory information about which diseases account for the largest proportion of dementia cases, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) website the most common causes of dementia are: