Dementia to become a World Health Priority

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In a report published today, the World Health Organisation and Alzheimer’s Disease International, says that governments and policy makers across the world must make dementia a global public health priority.

The report ‘Dementia: A Public Health Priority’ considers the global effect of dementia. The report includes examples of best practice and statistics about dementia. The report highlights the need for countries to promote a dementia friendly society and to improve awareness and attitudes. It also points out the need for countries to invest in health and social systems and increase dementia research.

There are 7.7 million new cases of dementia each year and a new case is diagnosed somewhere in the world every 4 seconds.  David Cameron’s comments on transforming the lives of dementia sufferers must be translated into better diagnosis, support, increased understanding and advancements in research.

Jeremy Hughes, the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, called for the global fight against dementia to begin saying that world leaders everywhere must take steps to combat the challenge of dementia.

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