At this week’s G8 summit on Dementia, called by the UK as part of its presidency, health and science leaders agreed a package of measures to address the growing global health, social and economic issue of the condition. Currently 36 million people across the world have dementia and the World Health Organisation predicts that numbers will nearly double every two decades.
The commitments made this week by the G8 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA included;
Dementia Carer Voices Director, Irene Oldfather said “Whilst the global focus on Alzheimer's and dementia which the G8 has brought about is very welcome, we must move from rhetoric to reality to ensure the summit has a lasting legacy for people with dementia and their carers. Until these aspirations for dementia research are realised, it is vital that we do more to recognise and support our unsung heroes who display incredible resilience living with and caring for those with the condition.”