UK to host G8 dementia summit – Alzheimer's Society comment

Published 19 August 2013

The government has announced the date of a global summit on dementia to be held in London

A global summit on dementia will be held in London on 11 December as part of the UK's 2013 presidency of the G8, the government has announced today (Monday, 19 August 2013). Health ministers from the G8 countries will be invited to a high level meeting to discuss coordinating efforts to tackle the condition, including an international approach to dementia research.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'Dementia is a global challenge. It is staggering that worldwide, there are more clinical trials into hayfever than there are into some of the most common forms of dementia. Stepping up the global drive for a cure and better treatments must be a key priority.

'This summit is a huge opportunity to break down barriers and lead a global effort to defeat dementia but needs to be the start of clear action and commitments rather than just a one off. By 2021, a million people in the UK alone will have dementia, which costs the British economy £23 billion a year. We simply cannot afford to delay.'

George McNamara
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Alzheimer's Society

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