Alzheimer’s Disease International [ADI], an international federation of 71 national Alzheimer organizations recently released the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report, indicating that the number of people around the world with Alzheimer’s Disease is increasing at a much faster rate than anticipated.

The report estimates that 35 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, a 10% increase over 2005 numbers.  The worldwide economic cost of dementia has been estimated as US$315 billion annually.   The report outlines eight global recommendations including the suggestion that the World Health Organization declare dementia as world health priority.