World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction

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Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges facing our generation. The number of people living with dementia worldwide today is estimated at 44 million, set to almost double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. The global cost of dementia was estimated in 2010 at US $604 billion, and this is only set to rise.

Given this epidemic scale, and with no known cure, it’s crucial that we look at what we can do to reduce the risk or delay the onset of developing the disease. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) believes that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia must become a national and international public health priority. Governments must develop adequate strategies to deal with the epidemic holistically – including tackling both reduction in risk for future generations, and adequately caring for people living with the condition and supporting their friends and family.

As the only worldwide international federation of Alzheimer associations and global voice on dementia, and the largest international provider of specialist dementia care, ADI is committed to changing the way the world thinks about dementia.

For a copy of the report, visit here.


Fall Prevention

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As loved ones age, balance becomes a significant issue due to a variety of factors, including physical weakness, medications and cognitive or visual impairment. Ideally a source of comfort for aging loved ones, the home can become hazardous without a fall-preventive strategy. Right at Home suggests you proactively assess the aging senior’s house for anything that might be a health risk. In addition, please consider helping your loved ones remain safe by:

  • Finding someone to check on them regularly
  • Scheduling vision checks
  • Discussing medications with their physician
  • Checking their balance
  • Establishing light-exercise routines

After observing any safety concerns, suggest an agreeable solution.


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The Global AgeWatch Index is the first global index to rank countries according to the social and economic well-being of older people.