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Alzheimer’s Disease International release ‘World Alzheimer Report 2018 – The state of the art of dementia research’ to mark World Alzheimer’s Day

Written by Editorial Team, Donr

Published on Friday, 21st September 2018

The charity says that, despite someone in the world developing dementia every three seconds, many countries have no dementia diagnostic tools, no access to clinical trials and few specialised doctors and researchers.

Dr Jennifer Bute is a UK-based doctor who diagnosed her own dementia, after being misdiagnosed by her neurologist. She is one of 50 million people with dementia worldwide. That figure is expected to rise to 132 million by 2050. 

‘At first, I just couldn’t remember passwords and names. The first neurologist wouldn’t even do any tests.

‘Soon after, I wouldn’t recognise people I had known for 20 years, then I started getting lost along familiar routes. That was kind of how it all started.’

Alzheimer’s Disease International has today (World Alzheimer’s Day: 21st September 2018) released its World Alzheimer Report 2018.

When I was working as a doctor, very little was actually done proactive about dementia,’ said Dr Bute in that report. ‘My hope is that the World Alzheimer Report 2018 brings much needed exposure, attention and funding to what is now a global health crisis.’ 

Among other things, the report found that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. It also found that dementia became a trillion-dollar disease in 2018 and that it is now the 7th leading cause of death worldwide. 

Despite this, the report says that many countries still have no dementia diagnostic tools, no access to clinical trials and few specialised doctors and researchers. 

The full report can be found on Alzheimer’s Disease International’s website.