G8 Dementia Summit update: looming dementia epidemic calls for global action
An estimated 135 million people around the world will have dementia by 2050 according to a new report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). The report comes on the eve of the first-ever G8 Dementia Summit taking place in London on December 11. British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on G8 leaders to make dementia a global priority and find research solutions to reduce its increasing impact.
Canada at the table
Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada, along with Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and leading Canadian researchers, will be attending the invite-only event.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to champion the concerns of Canadians living with or caring for someone with dementia, and showcase the innovative research that we and other organizations are funding in Canada. Research is essential for improving prevention and diagnosis and the care people need to live well as possible with the disease until a cure is found,” says Lowi-Young.
Research also represents a key component in the Society’s call for a Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership. The Partnership would bring together researchers, leaders in health and social care, government partners and Canadians affected by the disease to facilitate, develop and implement a national dementia plan.