by Scoop, 16 Dec 2013
Alzheimers New Zealand has welcomed a series of commitments agreed at yesterday’s first ever G8 Dementia Summit in London, UK.
Yesterday’s Summit saw expert researchers, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the OECD, Alzheimers organisations and health and science Ministers meeting to discuss global action on dementia, which is predicted to affect 135 million people globally by 2050.
The group made a series of 11 commitments to address the growing challenge of dementia, including, finding a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 (supported by increased funding for research); innovation to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia; and calling upon society to continue to reduce the stigma, fear and exclusion experienced by people with dementia. (A communiqué listing the full series of commitments is available here).
Alzheimers NZ, Chair, Susan Hitchiner, said that with the number of people affected by dementia continuing to grow both in New Zealand and internationally, Alzheimer's NZ is pleased to see international collaboration on dementia beginning, and is calling for cross-sector and cross-agency collaboration here in New Zealand.