National strategies to address dementia

9 Jan 2012

Currently, there are 35 million people worldwide living with dementia, and as the population ages this is predicted to reach over 100 million by 2050. The estimated worldwide costs of dementia in 2010 were US$604 billion, and this cost is expected to increase by 85% by 2030. The economic and social impact of dementia on health care systems and on family carers makes it the major health challenge of
this century.

A number of countries have recognised that without a coordinated plan to address dementia individuals with dementia will not have access to the specialised services and supports they require. Some countries have already implemented a plan to address dementia.

This paper provides an overview of a range of approaches that a selection of countries have taken to address dementia. It should be noted that this paper is not a comprehensive review of all national strategies and is only based on readily available information.

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