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According to the 2009 World Alzheimer's Report, much of the increase prevalence of dementia is attributable to increases in people with dementia in low and middle income countries. The researchers found that currently 57.7% of all people with dementia worldwide live in low and middle income countries, which is projected to rise to 70.5% by 2050.

Growth in dementia over the next 20 years will be much steeper in low and middle compared with high income countries. The report forecasts a 40% increase in numbers in Europe, 63% in North America, 77% in the southern Latin American cone and 89% in the developed Asia Pacific countries. These figures are to be compared with 117% growth in East Asia, 107% in South Asia, 134-146% in the rest of Latin America, and 125% in North Africa and the Middle East.

Worldwide, the economic cost of dementia has been estimated as US$315 billion annually. The total annual costs per person with dementia have been estimated as US$1,521 in a low income country, rising to US$4,588 in middle income countries, and US$17,964 in high income countries. (Anders Wimo, et al. "An Estimate of the Total Worldwide Societal Costs of Dementia in 2005." Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2007.)

SOURCE Alzheimer's Disease International