The World Alzheimer Report 2013 has warned that numbers of people affected by dementia are expected to soar worldwide, and highlighted the need for more support for caregivers. The report predicts that the numbers of older people with care needs worldwide will treble to 277 million by 2050.
The report calls for better integration of health and social care systems and for governments and research funders across the world to ensure that investment in dementia research is increased to the level of research into other conditions, like cancer.
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“This announcement serves as yet another warning about the rising tide of dementia, not just in the UK but across the world. The report recommends that all governments should make dementia a priority, and we believe research must be a key factor in the UK government’s plans to tackle this devastating condition.
“With more people living with dementia, and rising care needs, we must invest in research to provide long-term solutions to help those affected. Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to working with government, industry and other charities to make sure dementia researchers have the funding and resources they need to make progress. Research can deliver real improvements in people’s quality of life and take us towards effective preventions and treatments.”