A new report from two leading global health groups is calling on governments around the world to address the growing number of dementia cases.
According to the latest release from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), the predicted increase of dementia prevalence will rise from 35 million to over 115 million by 2050.
Titled Dementia: A Public Health Priority, the research also estimates the global cost of dementia to be more than US$600 billion per year.
"Right now, only eight of 194 WHO member states have a national dementia plan in place, and a few more are in development," Director of the WHO's department of mental health and substance abuse Shekhar Saxena said today (April 11).
"Our hope is that other countries will follow suit, using this report as a starting point for planning and implementation."
According to Alzheimer's Australia, the risk of dementia can be reduced by managing cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol – lifestyle changes which can be addressed through programs offered by some private health insurance providers.
Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, with a new case diagnosed every six minutes.