Study: 40-75% of Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients Have Psychological Illness

Startling new statistics on the worldwide prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are being released as countries across the globe join together in recognition of World Alzheimer's Day.

According to the World Alzheimer Report, released by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide will be living with dementia in 2010. This is a 10% increase over previous global dementia prevalence reported in 2005. According to the new report, dementia prevalence will nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

"The information in the 2009 World Alzheimer Report makes it clear that the crisis of dementia cannot be ignored," says Debbie Benczkowski, Interim CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "Unchecked, dementia will impose enormous burdens on individuals, families, healthcare infrastructures, and global economy."

The report also focuses on the impact of dementia. For example, statistics cited in the new report suggest that 40% to 75% of caregivers have significant psychological illness as a result of their caregiving, and 15% to 32% have depression. Challenges faced by governments and healthcare systems worldwide are also outlined, and eight global recommendations are offered based on report findings. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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