"Dementia is already reaching epidemic proportions. Every four seconds, there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world. ADI research shows that the annual costs associated with dementia are $604 billion, or roughly 1% of global GDP. As lifespanslengthen further in the coming decades, these numbers are poised to explode.
These trends are particularly significant for developing countries, especially for those in Asia, where populations are aging most rapidly.
According to Dr. Jacob Roy, chairman of ADI, “The WHO report makes it clear that Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis of global proportions.
I am honored to serve as ADI chairman at a time when the world and the public health community are finally stepping up to their responsibilities. We desperately need more effective care, earlier detection and diagnosis, and significantly more funding for research to enable prevention and cures.
In my home country, India, we especially need a new approach for Alzheimer’s that gives us a pathway to redefine how we feel and think about the disease, forever eliminating the stigma that has stymied progress to date.”...