A new report out on World Alzheimer’s Day estimates worldwide costs for dementia at a whopping 604-billion dollars in 2010. That’s more than one-percent of the planet’s gross domestic product.
The new data from Alzheimer’s Disease International says if the costs of caring for the 35-point-six million people suffering from dementia diseases were put into the form of a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy.
ADI predicts with the aging population, dementia cases will just about double every two decades to around 66-million in 2030 and 115-million in 2050.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is a deadly brain wasting disease that affects memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to handle daily activities.