Dementia on the rise worldwide: 135 million affected by 2050

The most common form of dementia is now one of the most common cause of death in America – Alzheimer’s, and, there is no cure for the disease yet. The biggest challenge that we are facing is the uncertainty, no one knows if we will be affected by this illness sooner or later. The best choice we have is to consider getting long term care (LTC) insurance before we develop dementia or any chronic illness. Take time to learn more about the disease and how to cope with it:

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Dementia sufferers currently number 44 million worldwide, and are expected to grow to 135 million by 2050, according to health experts.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) estimated there has been a 17 percent increase in the number of cases compared with 2010. The group expects that by 2050 more than 70 percent of dementia sufferers will be in poor countries.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a fatal brain disease that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. So far there is no cure, though there are a few drugs that can ease symptoms in some patients. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), fronto-temporal dementia, and many other causes of cognitive decline.

The global cost of dementia care is already over $600 billion, which is around 1% of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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