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2013: The prevalence of dementia in Europe

Alzheimer Europe estimates the number of people with dementia in Switzerland in 2012 as being 133,722. This represents 1.73% of the total population of 7,733,709. 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

2,699

1,507

4,205

60 - 64

462

2,122

2,583

65 - 69

3,473

2,882

6,355

70 - 74

4,560

6,317

10,876

75 - 79

7,659

10,972

18,631

80 - 84

10,710

19,127

29,838

85 - 89

8,637

22,821

31,458

90 - 94

4,819

17,245

22,064

95+

1,183

6,528

7,711

Total

44,201

89,521

133,722

In 2004, the Swiss Alzheimer Association carried out a survey and found that 1/3 of people with dementia had not been diagnosed (Nationale Umfrage, 2004). Today, the association estimates that approximately 50% of people with dementia have not been diagnosed. (Schweizerische Alzheimervereinigung, 2004)

 

 
 

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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