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Right Behind Poland

December 15, 2013

If dementia were a country, it would be the world’s 21st largest economy!  This would place it between Poland and Saudi Arabia.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the annual cost of dementia care in 2010 was  $604 billion, and that this will double to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

Of course, these numbers do not take into account the “soft” costs associated with such a disease.  Family members lose wages when they need to take loved ones to appointments or provide care.  A lot of money is spent on making homes safer for seniors… things like grab bars, hand rails, shower stools, etc.

Finally, the G8 is starting to recognize this as a disease that threatens as much as AIDS did.  Governments are starting to address this in a more organized fashion, and directing resources that can help bring about solutions.  For the meantime, however the best cure is prevention through a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and adequate rest.

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