According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, as of 2010, there are an estimated 36 million people worldwide with dementia. Nearly two thirds of them live in developing countries. This figure is set to increase to more than 115 million people by 2050. Much of this increase will be in rapidly developing and heavily populated regions such as China, India and Latin America. Dementia primarily affects older people. Up to the age of 65, dementia develops in only about 1 person in 1000. The chance of having the condition rises sharply with age to 1 person in 20 over the age of 65. Over the age of 80, this figure increases to 1 person in 5.
Many celebrities and famous people also have/had Alzheimer’s disease. In this video you can see some examples of famous people with Alzheimer’s. Sugar Ray Robinson, Ronald Reagan and Rita Hayworth are some examples.
Besides the list of famous people with Alzheimer’s disease, there’re many famous people who are family members of the patients and are actively taking care of their family members with the disease. In this poster, you can see some examples of famous caregivers.