Over 50s dementia cases 'set to rise'

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are to become an increasingly large health risk for 50s in the coming years, according to statistics.

Dementia is to become an increasingly large threat for over 50s over the next 40 years, according to new research.

Figures published by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) have revealed that more than 35 million are expected to suffer from the degenerative disease by 2010.

This is set to increase to around 65.7 million by 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

The organisation suggests that the proportion of older people affected by the illness is also set to see a rise, due to the ageing nature of the population in many countries.

As a result, it called on the World Health Organization to make the disease a top health priority, as well as encouraging governments to divert greater resources to the research and management of Alzheimer's and its sufferers.

Marc Wortmann, ADI's executive director, said: "The crisis of dementia and Alzheimer's can no longer be ignored."

Earlier this month, the Alzheimer's Research Trust advised over 50s wishing to reduce their susceptibility to the disease to ensure they live a healthy lifestyle, as well as to remain socially active and involved.

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