Key facts

Almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today.

More than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050

4 out of 5 New Zealanders know or have known someone living with dementia.

Dementia impacts more women than men – around 30% higher

The total cost of dementia to NZ is now around $1.7b and will reach around $5b by 2050

New models of care that keep people healthier at home for longer could achieve cost benefit ratios of 6.6 times the value of investment.

Around the world

Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.

There are over 50 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2020.

This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 82 million in 2030 and 152 million in 2050.

Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already 60% of people with dementia live in low and middle income countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 71%.

The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China, India, and their south Asian and western Pacific neighbours.

Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International

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    Dementia: A significant and growing health challenge

    According to the Dementia Economic Impact Report updated 2016, more than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050. The report shows new models of care are needed urgently if the government wants to reduce the significant human and financial cost of the condition.