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Alzheimer's 'tsunami' on way as lack of spending is attacked

By Ian Quinn

The number of people with dementia will almost double every 20 years across the world, researchers have predicted.

The latest research, published by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), claims longer life expectancy is having a huge impact on the number of cases, estimating the number of people with dementia and Alzheimer's will reach 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

It said that, over the next 20 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase by 40% in Europe (44% in Western Europe), 63% in North America, 77% in southern Latin American and 89% in developed Asia Pacific countries.

Earlier this week the Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, featured a strong attack on the lack of Government spending to combat Alzheimer's. Novelist and Alzheimer's sufferer Sir Terry Pratchett said the Government spends less on researching the disease in a year than the cost of building a mile of motorway.

He told the paper: ‘We are facing a worldwide tsunami of Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases.'

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