People living with incurable dementia will reach reach 115 million by 2050 worldwide.

Experts believe as people begin to live to 100 Alzheimer’s disease could cause a global cash crunch in coming generations and must be considered a serious fiscal danger.

Already 24-37 million people worldwide live with the incurable form of dementia, and that number is projected to reach 115 million by 2050, a panel of Alzheimer’s disease experts told the US house committee on foreign affairs. As women bear fewer children and the population ages, the world will become increasingly ill-prepared to cope with large numbers of dependent elderly people and must begin investing more in research to prevent the disease, they said.

Russia, Europe, US and parts of Asia are experiencing “declining populations, fewer workers and more people dependent upon public health systems”.

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Via Times of India