Chicago: About 28 million of the nearly 36 million people living with Alzheimer`s and other dementias have not been diagnosed, robbing them from the benefit of treatments and the chance to have a say in their future care, according to a report released Tuesday.It found that many people are not diagnosed with dementia until the disease is well advanced."Failure to diagnose Alzheimer`s in a timely manner represents a tragic missed opportunity to improve the quality of life for millions of people," said Dr. Daisy Acosta, chairman of Alzheimer`s Disease International, a patient advocacy group that sponsored the study.The group last year estimated that Alzheimer`s and other dementias cost $604 billion globally to treat, a figure that will soar as the number of sufferers triples by 2050.Its latest report, which makes the case for early diagnosis of Alzheimer`s, comes just days before a United Nations meeting on Alzheimer`s and is aimed at getting the disease on the agenda of world leaders.
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