December 5, 2013 | Rohan

I'm not afraid of death, but the thought of mental deterioration with old-age ‘dementia' terrifies me.

The G8 Dementia Summit met recently and heard that the number of people suffering from the disease may triple by 2050. Ironically this is because of improvements in the field of medicine. The longer people live, the more likely they are to suffer from some form of dementia.

Experts think now is the time to act to prevent a global epidemic. I hope they can find the funds in time.

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Dementia affects 44 million people worldwide. By 2050 it could be 135 million.

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