The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’ was released today, calling for governments around the world to make dementia a priority by implementing national plans and initiating urgent national debates on future arrangements for long-term care.
The report reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.
In response to the global Alzheimer’s epidemic, Alzheimer’s Disease International and Home Instead Senior Care® have joined together to host Living with Alzheimer’s: A Journey of Caring World Alzheimer Report 2013 Release & Roundtable Discussions. The events, held in Washington DC, London and Bejing address the global impact of the disease during World Alzheimer’s Month.
The worldwide cost of dementia care is currently over US$600 billion (£395 billion), or around 1% of global GDP. Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Medical Officer at Bupa, said: “An ageing population around the world means that improving dementia care and support is one of our generation’s greatest healthcare challenges.”
By addressing the issue of increased care needs for people with dementia and their caregivers, the report makes important recommendations which should be the fundamental drivers of long term care policy in dementia.