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Dementia: A public health priority (WHO report)

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In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report “Dementia: A public health priority (WHO, 2012)”. The publication provides global review of the issue with focus on low- and middle-income countries. Current estimates indicate 35.6 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2010. The total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is nearly 7.7 million, implying one new case every four seconds. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. The total estimated worldwide costs of dementia were US$ 604 billion in 2010.