G8 London Summit
The world’s first G8 dementia summit was held in London on 11 December 2013, bringing together ministers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and charities to discuss global action on dementia. The summit made key commitments to accelerate global change to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
The term “dementia” describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communicating and reasoning. Dementia is a progressive condition, so symptoms become more severe over time. This means that people with dementia and their care partners have to cope with a reduced capacity to make decisions about major life events and day-to-day situations, as well as a range of other changes.
Dementia is the most urgent health challenges facing the world today and is not solvable by any one country, organisation or individual alone. Through local, national and international action we will together bring closer the day we defeat dementia. Prevalence rates are increasing globally, with populations ageing worldwide, and at a significant rate, including in low to middle income countries, where around 60% of all people with dementia live. The estimated increase in dementia prevalence in over 60 year olds is greatest in Africa and East Asia, i.e. in those countries that are least able to cope.
The worldwide costs
of dementia are
and it will become a trillion-dollar
disease by 2018
All societies must be encouraged to support people who are at risk of dementia, those who are living with the disease and their care partners; and to make sure that every effort is made to combat dementia, including through the development of new, effective treatments. However, while it is expected that research into new treatments will start to bear fruit over the next few years, global economies are operating in a challenging financial environment and global health and care systems are struggling to respond.
"Dementia is an enormous and growing global health challenge. While advances have been made internationally, and at a nation state level, to meet the challenge, progress has been too slow."
WDC Chair, Harry Johns