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Global Health
May 16, 2012

Dementia Should Be a Priority

JAMA. 2012;307(19):2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5084

Recognizing and addressing the impact of dementia should be a public health priority around the world, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization and Alzheimer's Disease International (http://tinyurl.com/cwu7syc).

The report, “Dementia: A Public Health Priority,” points out that in 2010, almost 35.6 million people were living with dementia, a number that will roughly triple by 2050. A main focus of the report is on addressing dementia in low- to middle-income countries, where more than half of those affected live but where the level of preparedness is low.

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