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Dementia in Denmark

The exact prevalence of dementia in Denmark is unknown but according to the Government Agency for Health Data 36,000 elderly Danes (65+ years of age) are registered with a diagnosis of dementia in the National Patient Registry. Dementia may, however, be underdiagnosed in Denmark. 
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Combining meta-analyzed estimates of dementia prevalence rates based on Western European epidemiological studies presented in World Alzheimer Report 2015 with population figures from Statistics Denmark the prevalence of elderly with dementia can be estimated to approximately 85,000 persons in 2018.

Due to a steady increase in average life expectancy and longevity the number of Danes with dementia is expected to increase over the next decades. 

Prevalence of dementia in Denmark

The exact prevalence of dementia in Denmark is unknown but according to the Government Agency for Health Data 36,000 elderly Danes (65+ years of age) are registered with a diagnosis of dementia in the National Patient Registry. According to the Danish Health Authority a further 3,000 ‘young’ Danes (less than 65 years of age) are registered with a diagnosis of dementia increasing the total registry-based ‘prevalence’ to approximately 39,000 Danes.

Registry-based prevalence of dementia in 2014:

Age range Women Men Total
65-69 1,200 1,500 2,700
70-74 2,000 2,100 4,100
75-79 3,500 2,700 6,200
80-84 5,100 3,000 8,100
85-89 5,800 2,400 8,200
90-94 3,600 900 4,500
95+ 1,000 200 1,200
Total

22,200

12,800 35,100

Source: The Government Agency for Health Data (2016). Figures are rounded off to nearest hundred.

Incidence of dementia in Denmark

The exact incidence of dementia in Denmark is unknown but according to a Danish Clinical Database (annual report 2017) approximately 7,660 Danes were diagnosed with dementia in 2016 in a memory clinic setting.

Estimated dementia prevalence

Dementia may be underdiagnosed in Denmark. Combining meta-analyzed estimates of dementia prevalence rates based on Western European epidemiological studies presented in World Alzheimer Report 2015 with population figures from Statistics Denmark the prevalence of elderly (65+ years of age) with dementia can be estimated to approximately 85,000 persons in 2017.

 

 

 

Updated at 06 May 2019