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2013: The prevalence of dementia in Europe

Alzheimer Europe estimates the number of people with dementia in United Kingdom in 2012 as being 1,037,791. This represents 1.65% of the total population of 62,798,099. 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

19,842

11,351

31,192

60 - 64

3,601

16,969

20,570

65 - 69

27,972

23,320

51,293

70 - 74

37,905

50,617

88,522

75 - 79

64,125

84,973

149,098

80 - 84

90,051

143,537

233,588

85 - 89

71,704

172,183

243,887

90 - 94

37,134

129,610

166,744

95+

8,248

44,651

52,899

Total

360,581

677,210

1,037,791

Table 1: Estimated number of people with dementia in the United Kingdom

The population of Scotland currently stands at approximately 5.2 million. Alzheimer Scotland has calculated the estimated number of people with dementia in Scotland. For the 30-89 age groups, population projections for 2013 (2010 based) from the General Register Office for Scotland were used. For the 90+ age group, population projections for 2013 (2010 based) from the Government Actuary’s Department were used.  Two sets of prevalence rates were applied to the population projections. The first was from Alzheimer Europe’s EuroCoDe study (2009) for ages 60+ and the second from a study conducted by Harvey[i] (1998) for the under 60 age group. As can be seen from Table 2 below, it is estimated that there are 85,809 people with dementia in Scotland. Based on EuroCoDe prevalence rates, Alzheimer Scotland estimates that about 50% of people with dementia have not received a diagnosis.

Age group

Men with dementia

Women with dementia

Total

30 - 59

703

742

1,445

60 - 64

304

1,452

1,756

65 - 69

2,532

2,131

4,663

70 - 74

3,271

4,604

7,875

75 - 79

5,570

7,847

13,417

80 - 84

7,552

13,011

20,563

85 - 89

5,428

13,839

19,268

90 - 94

2,788

10,089

12,876

95+

634

3,312

3,946

Total

28,782

57,027

85,809

Table 2: Estimated number of people with dementia in Scotland

 

 
 

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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