According to the WHO, Dementia is the biggest healthcare challenge of the 21st century. It costs over 500 billion USD, more than 1% of the global GDP. Some facts about dementia further emphasize the character of this growing crisis:
- 36 million people worldwide have dementia. These numbers are expected to double every 20 years.
- One in eight people over the age of 65 (in the US and UK) will have dementia at some point in their lives.
- 46% of people with dementia living in the UK and US never receive a diagnosis.
- The average waiting time for assessment of dementia is 5.2 weeks. From the point of assessment to a diagnosis the average wait is 8.4 weeks.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US and the only one from the top 10 still increasing.