Every 7 seconds there is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world. In 2001, 24 million people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. Researchers expect this number to rise to 43 million by 2025 and to 81 million by 2050.

These figures were outlined in a recent article about global ageing in the AARP Journal by Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International [ADI], an the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world.


ADI plays a very important role helping national Alzheimer associations become stronger, educating the public about the disease, and serving as an important resource to emerging economies for developing resources to address the needs of their populations.