Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a disease incurable, degenerative and fatal. Alzheimer's disease is characterised by the deposition in the brain of two pathological proteins, β-amyloid and Tau protein. It is generally diagnosed in people over 65, although less frequently, premature Alzheimer can appear much earlier, even before the age of 50.
Brain with Alzheimer
Statistics regarding Alzheimer
Based on the data from the International Alzheimer's Association, in 2016, 44,000,000 people suffered from the Alzheimer’s disease worldwide! Today, it is estimated that there are more than 50,000,000 patients worldwide, and that by 2050 this number of patients is going to exceed 130.000.000.
Only 1 in 4 people with Alzheimer's has been diagnosed to date. It is estimated that every 3 seconds a person develops the disease, and there are millions of others who have not yet been diagnosed but have already developed it.
Dementia/Alzheimer's is one of the most widespread diseases in Europe with alarmingly rising number of patients.
The cost of treating Dementia/Alzheimer's worldwide in 2016 has been estimated at 800 billion Euro, equivalent to 1.09% of the World's Gross Domestic Product, while 58% of people suffering from the disease live in developing countries!
Based on the population ratios of people suffering from Alzheimer's in Europe, it is estimated that in Cyprus 12,000 people have already developed the disease. Taking into account that there are no specific surveys and practices in our country to demonstrate and validate the problem, this figure can easily be extended to 25,000 thus close to 4% of the total population.