Alzheimer’s Society make long-term funding promise to tackle dementia
At today’s (Wednesday 11 December 2013) G8 dementia summit, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, will pledge to spend at least £100 million on dementia research in the next decade. This sustained commitment and long-term thinking will help change the face of dementia research and Alzheimer’s Society is calling on governments and others to follow suit.
Dementia is our biggest health and social care challenge. Affecting millions globally, it has overtaken cancer to become the most feared condition amongst over 55 year olds. New statistics published last week revealed a sharp rise in the number of people living with dementia globally – 44 million people now have dementia worldwide, with the total set to soar to 76 million by 2030.
This additional research funding will be used to drive forward research into the prevention and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but also into the best form of treatment and support for those facing the daily challenges of living with dementia today.
The Society will continue to work closely with people living with dementia and their carers to inform and support the work of their researchers.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘For the past forty years Alzheimer’s Society has led the fight against dementia. We are pushing the boundaries to bring life-changing research to prevent, care and ultimately cure dementia closer to people with the condition, but we can’t do this alone. We urge governments and organisations worldwide to collaborate, think long-term and make meaningful promises to combat dementia now.’