De­men­tia set to triple in 30 years, warns WHO

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De­men­tia cases will triple by 2050, ac­cord­ing to fore­casts. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said the global fig­ures pro­vided an “alarm call” that more must be done for suf­fer­ers.

Char­i­ties said the world’s age­ing pop­u­la­tions made it more ur­gent to find a cure. WHO said the num­ber of suf­fer­ers would in­crease from 50 mil­lion to 152 mil­lion in just 30 years.

De­men­tia is al­ready the big­gest killer in the UK, claim­ing more lives than heart dis­ease. Around 850,000 peo­ple have the con­di­tion in Bri­tain. Hi­lary Evans, of Alzheimer’s Re­search UK, said: “The num­ber of peo­ple with de­men­tia in the UK is set to hit two mil­lion by 2050 … re­search is the only way to head off the grow­ing cri­sis.”

Dr Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, head of the WHO, said: “Nearly 10 mil­lion peo­ple de­velop de­men­tia each year. The suf­fer­ing is enor­mous.”

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