Alzheimer’s, Dementia Costs Top $604 Billion

Dementia is significantly affecting every health and social care system in the world.

  • About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and that figure is expected to double every 20 years, due to longer lifespans and an aging population.
  • By the time we reach 85 years old, we have about a 50 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The expense of taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient is highest in the United States, coming in at about $48,000.
  • Alzheimer’s disease will cost the world more than $604 billion this year.

The World Alzheimer’s Report 2010, from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), and reported on by CNN, was compiled from data collected around the world, and estimates from developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

The $604 billion figure reflects the costs of medical care and the services provided by family members.

The ADI says many governments are unprepared for the challenges of caring for a population with such large numbers of dementia patients, and urge governments to recognize dementia as a health priority and invest in prevention and planning for the care of patients.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia affecting cognitive ability, memory, behavior, and the ability to perform common tasks. Although some people show symptoms before age 65, it primarily affects older people.

Dementia also has a tremendous impact on family members and friends — emotionally, socially, and financially. The financial impact on the family is difficult to quantify and is likely insufficiently reported.

People with dementia require a wide range of care, from assistance with daily living and personal care to around the clock supervision.

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We need to address this growing human, social and economic burden with a comprehensive strategy. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) or S. 3036/H.R. 4689 would call for the creation of a national plan to solve the Alzheimer’s crisis.

The act will create a National Alzheimer’s Project Office and inter-agency Advisory Council to lead a campaign within the federal government to overcome the disease.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

This is a terrible disease to witness how much worse it must be to feel in coming on and be total unable to stop it.
Check the ingredients in Antacids and other medications. Aluminum is definitely a major contributor to both Dementia and Alzheimers.

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

Signed. This is a horrible disease to witness how much worse it must be to feel it coming on and not be able to stop it.
Check antacids and other medications for their ingredients.
I agree that aluminum is a major contributor to Dementia and Alzheimers.

Blue Ribbonarmy
Blue Ribbonarmy7 years ago

treat them as patients and not residents and then your talking, until then its just one massive swindle.

Bob D.
Bob DeMarco7 years ago

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Chloe M.
Chloe M7 years ago

I just read about Alzheimer's for one of my nursing classes. It's a shame that it can;t be diagnosed except upon autopsy. If there was a form of earlier detection, at least there is a chance that they won't progress to such a late stage, although there still isn't a cure for it. My aunt has Alzheimer's as well and it is heart-breaking to see someone who had so much personality decline to a point where you don't even recognize them anymore. She is so down, both mentally and physically. I do hope something can be done to eradicate this and many other diseases.

Denise Tankha
Vijay Tankha7 years ago

I live in India where the concept of puttin your aged parents into a care giving facility does not really exist. It's catching on, there are a few such places, but on the whole people take care of their parents till death.
I really do think that lonliness and feeling of rejection are the key players in dementia and Alzehimer's. One hardly ever hears of these illnesses here, there are of course the stray cases, but on the whole, the elderly are surrounded by their chldr

Helen P.
Helen P7 years ago

I watched my father suffer from Alzheimer's dementia for about 8 years before his death. It's a cruel blow. I hope that medical science learns how to halt the disease before it hits the baby boomers, otherwise we're in big trouble.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

signed thank you

David R.
David R.7 years ago

This year, World Alzheimer’s Day arrives with some good news in the ongoing fight against this terrible disease. The recent Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium study by Drs. O’Bryant, Xiao et al. provides further important evidence of the role of inflammation in the causation of Alzheimer’s disease. See As this article suggests, and which is also supported by research at , their findings make a strong case for continued study of targeted anti-inflammatory therapies for AD.