December 09, 2013

The G8 Dementia Summit

The Global Epidemic Of Dementia:

Alzheimer's Disease International estimates that 44 million people worldwide suffer from Dementia.  This is expected to increase to 76 million by 2030, and a staggering 135 million individuals by 2050!

The G8 Dementia Summit:

Because of these alarming figures, as part of its G8 Presidency, the UK is holding a special Dementia Summit in London on December 11th.  The broad aim of the G8 Summit is to promote International discussion as to how best to tackle the immense global burden of Dementia.

High-income countries, such as those participating in G8, have experienced the worst of this ‘Dementia Epidemic.’  But the disease is a global phenomenon.  It will also affect developing countries, with only limited health and social care resources.

What Will The G8 Dementia Summit Discuss?

The G8 Dementia Summit will cover three broad topics:

1) Improving Life and Care for People affected by Dementia, and their Carers.

2) Social Adaptation to Global Ageing and Dementia.

3) Preventing and Delaying Dementia.

Preventing and Delaying Dementia:

As discussed in our previous Blog update, Dementia can be prevented.  Many of the known risk factors for Dementia are modifiable, including high blood levels of homocysteine.

The UK government has already committed £66 million spending on Dementia Research by 2015, but this is significantly less than that spent on other diseases such as cancer research.

The G8 Dementia Summit is a unique chance to tackle and conquer this condition.  Above all, in the face of this projected ‘Global Epidemic’, prevention will be the key.

You can find out more about the G8 Dementia Summit at:

http://dementiachallenge.dh.gov.uk

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