Defeating dementia: the international collaboration challenge
Friday 18 October 2019
On 18 October 2019, global leaders and the international dementia community will reconvene in Tokyo, Japan for the World Dementia Council's one-day, high-level summit. Bringing together policy makers, leading researchers, key industry participants, the private sector and civil society, this will be a global conference of key leaders working in science and health and social care systems.
The Japanese government have rightly put the challenge of the ageing society at the centre of their G20 programme. Within that – as health ministers from across the world meet in Japan for the G20 health ministers' meeting – dementia remains the 21st century’s biggest health challenge. Today almost 50 million people live with dementia and that number will triple by 2050. While we know more than ever before about the underlying biology of the brain, dementia remains a condition we can neither treat nor slow the progression. The costs of dementia – particularly the formal and informal care costs – are putting significant strain on health and social care systems around the world.
Although a treatment for dementia remains elusive, international focus is helping drive progress. From improving understanding in neuroscience, to improving care, raising awareness and understanding how to reduce the risk of dementia, the story is one of advancement.
Continued international momentum can help advance us further.
At last year's WDC summit in London, over 160 participants from more than 20 countries reflected on successes and identified public policy challenges standing in the way of acheiving the 2025 goals. In Tokyo the international dementia community will gather again, alongside the G20 meeting, to explore ways of accelerating progress through international collaboration on data sharing, new technology, AI, diagnosis, health system data, and dementia inclusion.