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Global Prevalence of Dementia British Expert Warns
The worldwide social cost of neurodegenerative diseases will amount to two trillion dollars in 2029, said in Havana British Professor Martin Prince.

During a conference at the Cuban Neuroscience Center, west of Havana, the expert from King's College London said that by 2017 the cost will reach one trillion dollars.

According to Professor Prince, Europe is the most affected region by dementia with nearly eight percent of the people suffering from this condition. This number will exceed 14 percent by 2050.

In the case of Latin America, the statistics will increase from the current nearly five percent to 18 percent within 35 years.

'The same trend was recorded in Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America', stressed the expert.

The World Alzheimer Report 2011 indicated that between 40 and 60 percent of individuals with this condition were not diagnosed, therefore, the Professor stressed the importance of correct diagnosis in order to treat the disease.

Similarly, he highlighted the importance of integrating health and social assistance and the need of making the treatments more affordable from the economic point of view, and prioritize non-pharmacological interventions.

The expert stressed that is necessary that the World Health Organization (WHO) generates an action program against neurodegenerative diseases, as well as an observatory to monitor them.

According to WHO, Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 70 percent of cases of dementia and is one of the major causes of disability and dependence among older people worldwide.

'Dementia has physical, psychological, social and economical impact on caregivers, families and society', states an official publication by the UN specialized agency headquartered in Geneva. / PL.

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