Long term Living Magazine had an interesting article on the increase of dementia based on the 2009 World Alzheimer Report.  Perhaps the increase is caused by better diagnostics and understanding of the condition.  According to the World Alzheimer Report, released by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide will be living with dementia in 2010. This is a 10% increase over previous global dementia prevalence reported in 2005. According to the new report, dementia prevalence will nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

"The information in the 2009 World Alzheimer Report makes it clear that the crisis of dementia cannot be ignored," says Debbie Benczkowski, Interim CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "Unchecked, dementia will impose enormous burdens on individuals, families, healthcare infrastructures, and global economy."

The report also focuses on the impact of dementia. For example, statistics cited in the new report suggest that 40% to 75% of caregivers have significant psychological illness as a result of their caregiving, and 15% to 32% have depression.  This article is interesting because it states that 40-75% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s have significant psychological illness as a result of their caregiving. This statistic is a good explanation when nursing homes try to claim that the resdient’s family should have cared for the person at home despite their lack of education and expertise. It is also indicative of the need for additional staffing for dementia residents so burn-out, turnover, abuse, and neglect do not occur.

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