DE­MEN­TIA NUM­BERS ON THE RISE IN IRE­LAND

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

THE num­ber of peo­ple with de­men­tia in Ire­land is pro­jected to triple to 152,000 by 2046.

And world­wide the num­ber of suf­fer­ers will also tre­ble from 47 mil­lion to 132 mil­lion

The fig­ures emerged as it was an­nounced that At­lantic Phi­lan­thropies is set to fund sev­eral ar­eas of in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be car­ried out by Ir­ish Fel­lows in a bid to dis­cover more about de­men­tia and how to live with it.

Prof Ian Robertson of the Global Brain Health In­sti­tute said: “Our brains are phys­i­cally shaped through­out life, strength­ened and grown by ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing by ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, ex­er­cise, diet, jobs and re­la­tion­ships.

So­cial and health in­equal­i­ties de­prive our brains of this stim­u­la­tion and in­crease our risk of dis­eases such as de­men­tia later in life. At­lantic Fel­lows are es­sen­tial lead­ers to build brain health.”

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