The WHO also stated that the estimated annual global cost of dementia is US$ 818 billion, equivalent to more than 1% of global gross domestic product. The total cost includes direct medical costs, social care and informal care (loss of income of carers). By 2030, the cost is expected to have more than doubled, to US$ 2 trillion, a cost that could undermine social and economic development and overwhelm health and social services, including long-term care systems.
Dominic Carter, Senior Policy Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘With an ageing population and no way to cure, prevent or slow down the condition, dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. If nothing changes, 2 million people in the UK will be living with dementia by 2051, more than double the number today.
‘Many of these people will be heavily reliant on our social care system. These estimates are yet another wake-up call …