Alzheimer Society of Canada welcomes commitment of G8 countries to work together to address rising dementia crisis
The Ministers of Health from all G8 countries were invited by current G8 President, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, to attend a special G8 Dementia Summit on December 11, 2013. Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, was also invited by Cameron to participate.
This Dementia Summit shone an international spotlight on the impact that the dementia crisis will have on society. Its purpose was to shape a global response to dementia through increased research, innovation and partnerships. Invited participants included top world researchers and industry leaders, governments, academia, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and World Health Organization.
After their day-long discussions, the G8 Ministers released a Declaration, outlining 12 far-reaching commitments to address the significant human and economic toll of dementia-related illnesses. The detailed 12-point declarations include a shared commitment to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy by 2025.
Participants also agreed it is imperative for each country to develop and implement a national dementia plan, which is exactly what the Alzheimer Society of Canada has been asking of the Federal Government.
It is incredibly encouraging that the key components of the Alzheimer Society proposal for a national dementia plan align with the intent of the 12 declarations approved by the G8 Ministers of Health.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada continues to advocate for a Canadian Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Partnership, an arm’s-length entity that would assemble dementia experts, provincial and Federal Government officials, health-care providers, researchers and people who are personally impacted by the disease to develop and implement a national dementia plan.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada CEO, Mimi Lowi-Young, saw her invitation to attend the Summit as a privilege and an opportunity to represent the 747,000 Canadians affected by dementia. “I was extremely pleased and excited to have been invited on behalf of Canadians affected by dementia and work alongside the Government of Canada at the G8 Summit,” said Mimi-Lowi-Young. “This summit provided a historic opportunity to transform dementia research. It will take a concerted and sustained action from world leaders to tackle one of the world’s largest and most expensive public health issues.”