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Costs of Alzheimer's will touch 1% of Global GDP in 2010

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are rising in alarming proportions consuming vast amounts of resources the world over, according to The World Alzheimer Report for 2010.

The total estimated worldwide costs of dementia are $604B in 2010, with about 70% of the costs occurring in Western Europe and North America.

If dementia care were a country, it would be the world's 18th largest economy, ranking between Turkey and Indonesia. If this market were a company, it would be the world's largest by annual revenue exceeding Wal-Mart ($414B) and Exxon Mobil ($311B).

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