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Ireland

2013: The prevalence of dementia in Europe

Alzheimer Europe estimates the number of people with dementia in Ireland in 2012 as being 49,470. This represents 1.08 % of the total population of 4,579,498. The number of people with dementia as a percentage of the population is somewhat lower 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

1,527

851

2,378

60 - 64

225

1,009

1,234

65 - 69

1,623

1,282

2,904

70 - 74

2,098

2,687

4,785

75 - 79

3,336

4,281

7,617

80 - 84

4,328

6,906

11,233

85 - 89

3,025

7,646

10,672

90 - 94

1,440

5,312

6,752

95+

294

1,601

1,895

Total

17,895

31,574

49,470

In 2007, O’Shea produced estimates of the prevalence of dementia in Ireland up to 2036:

Year

Estimated number of people with dementia

2016

49,153

2021

58,044

2026

70,115

2031

85,847

2036

103,998

There is no national dataset on actual numbers of people diagnosed with dementia by GP’s (Cahill et al 2012). It is therefore not known how many are likely to have dementia without having received a diagnosis.

 

 
 

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.
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