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Dementia groups release bleak stats ahead of G8 London summit

The number of people living with dementia is 22 per cent higher than estimated three years ago, according to figures released by Alzheimer’s Disease International, the global federation of Alzheimer’s associations.

The figures were published in a policy brief released on 5 December, less than a week before G8 health ministers are due to meet for a summit on dementia. The meeting, to be held on 11 December in London, has been organised as part of the UK’s presidency of the G8 group of industrialised countries.

According to the brief, there are an estimated 44 million people with dementia in the world  and that number is predicted to rise to 135 million in 2050.

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