The World Dementia Council has announced their statement of purpose, outlining what they hope to achieve to tackle dementia globally.
Following on from the pledge made at the G8 dementia summit in December, the council has pledged that within seven years we should have delayed the onset and progress of the disease by at least one quality-adjusted life year. By 2025, they expect this to have risen to at least two added years.
Dr Doug Brown Director of Research and Development Alzheimer’s Society commented:
‘Pledging to slow the progression of dementia; promising people with a diagnosis extra time with their family and better quality of life is a bold ambition, but shows recognition of the need to speed up progress in dementia research. In the here and now, we also need to research new innovative ways to care for and support people with dementia today.
‘Alzheimer’s Society is investing at least £100m in dementia research over the next decade but it will take a concerted effort from all parts of society. Involving people with dementia in setting priorities will be key to making meaningful progress for those who live with this condition. We look forward to working with the World Dementia Council to make these ambitions a reality.’