Dementia Is Becoming More Prevalent Around The World Today Essay

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As the elderly population continues to grow, dementia is becoming more prevalent around the world today.(A,B,F,H) In 2015, the World Alzheimer Report announced that every three seconds, a new dementia diagnosis is made.(O) According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 135 million by 2050.(B) Consequently, dementia-related health costs are projected to reach over $2 trillion US dollars by 2030. (O) Currently, dementia is the fifth leading cause of death for older Americans aged 65 and above.(A,G) Due to the aging population, approximately one in every two people older than 85 will develop Alzheimer’s.(L) As the elderly population continues to rise, dementia presents substantial health and economic challenges worldwide.(B)

Evidence shows that delaying the onset of dementia by just five years would reduce the cost and prevalence of dementia by 50 percent.(W) Currently there is no curative treatment available for dementia, but vast scientific literature provides significant evidence that addressing modifiable risk and protective factors could prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.(A,F) In light of this, it is urgent that evidence-based preventive strategies are implemented to reduce the incidence of dementia and prevent a global epidemic. (I) Nutrition and lifestyle changes are shown to play a pivotal role in preventing dementia and improving the quality of life for older…

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