Dementia: Tidal Wave Coming

Dementia is a looming, global public health disaster, a “tidal wave,” the WHO warned at its 1st-ever ministerial conference on the topic.

Action is needed now given the large and escalating human and financial costs of dementia, said Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director General. Dementia currently affects more than 47 million globally, and the number is expected to triple by 2050. The price tag for dementia care in 2010 was estimated to be $604 globally—and could rise to $1.2 trillion by 2030.

The Quote: “The world has plans for dealing with a nuclear accident, cleaning up chemical spills, managing natural disasters, responding to an influenza pandemic, and combatting antimicrobial resistance. But we do not have a comprehensive and affordable plan for coping with the tidal wave of dementia that is coming our way,” Chan said.

WBUR Boston

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