Alzheimers: Where We Are Today?

The world’s population is ageing. There are an estimated 35.6 million  people in the world with dementia, and this number is expected to  increase to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.  Approximately 60% of people with dementia live in developing countries  and numbers are increasing. More details can be found under statistics.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as the top large nonprofit to work for and number five in the top 50 nonprofits overall by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector. Visit the Research Center for more information.

The World Alzheimer Report 2009 provides the most comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date data on the  prevalence of dementia and the numbers of people affected in different  world regions. The World Alzheimer Report 2010 builds on the 2009 report, providing the best available data and insights regarding the worldwide economic impact of dementia.

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group are researchers who are redressing the fact that, when the group was  created, less than 10% of all population-based research into dementia  had been directed towards the 66% of people with dementia who live in  developing countries. The group looks at the numbers of people with  dementia, care arrangements and support services in developing  countries.

ADI and Fondation Médéric Alzheimer collaborated to present the Alzheimer’s Award for psychosocial interventions to promote this type of research, aimed at supporting and enhancing the  quality of life of people with dementia and their carers

The IMPACT (Important Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Care and Treatment) study was designed to assess current beliefs and behaviors surrounding  Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among key stakeholder groups from 5  European countries.

The Stroud Symposia Series is a collaborative effort between the Stroud Center, ADI, and the  Institute of Psychiatry, which is collecting narratives about the  experiences of people with dementia and their carers. These narratives  give insights into improving the Quality of Life of people with dementia  and their carers.

Medical research is also important, and some of ADI’s member Alzheimer  associations actively support research in their own countries. More  information about research can be found on the web sites of Alzheimer’s Association (USA), Alzheimer’s Society (UK), Alzheimer Society of Canada, or the association in your country

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