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[Editorial] A global assessment of dementia, now and in the future

Last week, thousands of fantasy fiction fans queued to buy Terry Pratchett’s final book, The Shepherd’s Crown, which was released nearly 6 months after his death following a long battle with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of dementia. The much-loved author was an ardent advocate for Alzheimer’s Research UK, raising awareness of the need for increased funding and more research on the disease. In the same week, less publicised but more important for patients with dementia, their families, and health-care providers, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) released its 2015 World Alzheimer Report, which this year focuses on the global effect of dementia, and provides projected estimates of the prevalence, incidence, and societal and economic consequences of dementia up to 2050.