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20 September 2013

World Alzheimer Report 2013

September 2013 marks the second World Alzheimer’s Month. Started in 2012 by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the month is an international campaign created to improve awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.

September 2013 marks the second World Alzheimer’s Month. Started in 2012 by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the month is an international campaign created to improve awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.

The World Alzheimer Report 2013 was released on 19th September as part of World Alzheimer’s Month and this year focuses on the continuum of care for Alzheimer patients.

Key findings and recommendations of the report

Governments around the world should make dementia a priority by implementing national plans, and by initiating urgent national debates on future arrangements for long-term care.
For people with dementia and their caregivers access to support and case management from early in the disease course, and throughout the journey of care is likely to be cost saving.
Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.
Much UK spending on the support of people with dementia is late in the condition 65. However, earlier diagnosis and timely intervention with support, education and training for caregivers can substantially reduce the risk of future transition to care home.
Earlier diagnosis enables the person with dementia to make decisions about the care that they will receive, through advanced care directives, which are still underutilised. Personalised care budgets put people with dementia and their caregivers in control of their packages of care, and empower them to ensure that their preferences are respected, and their needs met.

The rising cost of dementia

There are currently estimated to be more than 36 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 115 million by 2050. The worldwide costs of dementia exceeded 1% of global GDP in 2010, at US$604 billion.

In the UK alone, there are around 800,000 people with dementia, and the disease costs the economy £23 billion a year. By 2040, the number of people affected is expected to double - and the costs are likely to treble.

Detecting dementia early

A lot can be done to help people cope with the symptoms of dementia if it is detected early.

Timely diagnosis allows:-

  • Patients to receive the best care
  • Family and caregivers to support and help plan for the future
  • Healthcare providers to maximise budgets and resources

Cambridge Cognition is committed to supporting healthcare professionals make a timely diagnosis of dementia.

Cantab Mobile from Cambridge Cognition is an incredibly accurate assessment for use in primary care to help improve early detection and diagnosis rates of dementia. Cantab Mobile provides a rapid and sensitive assessment helping to detect the signs of cognitive impairment earlier than traditional methods through an easy to use iPad test.

Find out more about Cantab Mobile.

Healthcare professionals in the UK, can now book a demonstration of  Cantab Mobile with one of Cambridge Cognition’s regional mobile specialists.