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The World Dementia Council has launched a new global project to review international progress towards the 2025 dementia goals. At the G8 dementia summit in 2013, governments pledged to work together to advance research, improve care, raise awareness and prevent dementia. They committed to make substantial advances by 2025. The Council itself was established following the summit with the aim of supporting and challenging the international community to deliver on their commitments.

In 2021 the Council, with international partners, will hold a summit to bring together the international dementia community to reflect on the progress made towards the 2025 goals. The gathering, consistent with previous World Dementia Council summits, will bring together politicians, policymakers, academia, industry, civil society and people with dementia and their caregivers.

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The Council will publish and launch a dementia landscape report at the summit, assessing the advancements that have been made. It will identify how governments, international organizations and the dementia community can help accelerate progress. To help inform the report, we are holding a number of global workshops with international experts to reflect on where we have come from, where we are now and what the next steps are to help realize the 2025 goals. The workshops will help the Council prepare the report, drawing on the insight from experts in the field.

Since 2013, through the collective efforts of governments, academia, industry, care providers, research funders, advocates and many others, we have made advances in research, care, awareness and prevention. We are on the right path. Our continued collective efforts will help advance the cause. The Council looks forward to hearing from those working across the dementia community as part of this project.

  • Roundtable: Low- and middle-income countries

    Thursday 11 March 2021

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    Co-chaired by Paola Barbarino and Meera Pattabiraman, this roundtable will assess what is to be done about ongoing and emerging challenges in developing regions of the world.

  • Workshop: Research II

    Tuesday 9 March 2021

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    Co-chaired by Dr Maria Carrillo and Professor Philip Scheltens, this workshop is a follow up to the first which convened in November 2020.

  • Roundtable: Technology

    Thursday 4 March 2021

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    Co-chaired by Jeremy Hughes and Vaibhav Narayan, this roundtable will explore technology in prevention and the maintenance of brain health, technology to maintain and improve daily function, and technology that assists in the provision of patient-centred health and social care.

  • Workshop: Prevention

    Tuesday 9 February 2021

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    Co-chaired by Professor Kaarin Anstey and Professor Philippe Amouyel, this workshop examined the evidence base for dementia prevention programmes and some of the current research happening in the field, prevention programmes and their practical implementation, as well as some of the lessons from other public health initiatives. Professor Carol Brayne, Dr Michele Cecchini and Dr Yoshiki Niimi presented their thinking ahead of an open discussion.

  • Workshop: Care

    Friday 5 February 2021

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    Co-chaired by Professor Brian Lawlor and Paul Hogan, this workshop covered progress made in the field of care and the challenges that remain, exploring models of care, the burden of caregivers, and art and music in dementia. Professor Felicity Barker, Professor Louise Robinson, Professor Mary Sano and Dr Samir Sinha presented their thinking ahead of an open discussion.

  • Workshop: Research

    Wednesday 18 November 2020

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    Co-chaired by Dr Maria Carrillo and Professor Philip Scheltens, this workshop covered two themes selected based on their importance in the field: early detection and biomarkers; and advances in treatment. Speakers included Professor Oskar Hansson, Dr Cath Mummery, Dr Eric Siemers and Professor Reisa Sperling.