According to a new report by the World Health Organization, nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia. This number is expected to double by 2030 (65.7 million) and more than triple by 2050 (115.4 million).
Dementia affects people in all countries, with more than half (58 percent) living in low- and middle-income countries. By 2050, this is likely to rise to more than 70 percent.
The report also points to a general lack of information and understanding about dementia. This fuels stigma, which in turn contributes to the social isolation of both the person with dementia and their caregivers, and can lead to delays in seeking diagnosis, health assistance and social support.
The World Health Organization recommends improving early diagnosis; raising public awareness about the disease and reducing stigma; and providing better care and more support to caregivers.