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2013: The prevalence of dementia in Europe

Alzheimer Europe estimates the number of people with dementia in Belgium in 2012 as being 191,281.This represents 1.77% of the total population of 10,787,788. The number of people with dementia as a percentage of the population is somewhat higher than the EU average of 1.55%. The following table shows the estimated number of people with dementia between 30 and 59 and for every 5-year age group thereafter.

Age group

Men with dementia

Women with dementia

Total

30 - 59

3,591

2,001

5,593

60 - 64

650

3,009

3,658

65 - 69

4,497

3,754

8,251

70 - 74

6,353

8,894

15,247

75 - 79

12,057

17,420

29,477

80 - 84

17,066

30,863

47,929

85 - 89

12,668

35,393

48,061

90 - 94

5,317

21,681

26,998

95+

772

5,294

6,067

Total

62,972

128,309

191,281

It has not been possible for Ligue Alzheimer-Alzheimer Liga (LINAL) to make a distinction between the people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and those with other types of dementia. As the specific examinations and evaluations needed to make a diagnosis are not always offered to the person with dementia symptoms, it is very difficult to evaluate the number of people who have not been diagnosed with dementia but still have the disease (Ylieff et al., 2006).

Nevertheless, LINAL estimates that some 185,000 people have dementia in Belgium (9% of the people aged 65 and over). In Brussels, LINAL estimates the number of people with dementia to be 13,684. It seems there are 98.53 people with dementia per square kilometre in Brussels, again according to LINAL (rtbf, 2013).

In 2010, in Flanders, it was estimated that 100,000 people had dementia. About 2,000 of them were people below 65 years of age (Vandeurzen, 2010).

In their book, Ylieff et. al. (2006) refer to the latest epidemiological study that was carried out in Belgium in 1994. This study shows that 9% of the population aged 65 and over had dementia.

 

In Flanders, the figures are the following (Vandeurzen, 2010):

  • Over 10% of people over 65 have dementia,
  • Over 20% of people over 80 have dementia,
  • More than 40% of people over 90 have dementia.

 

 
 

Last Updated: Monday 24 February 2014

 

 
  • Acknowledgements

    The above information was published in the 2013 Dementia in Europe Yearbook as part of Alzheimer Europe's 2013 Work Plan which received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme.
  • European Union
 
 

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