Comment on the re-formed World Dementia Council

Published 29 February 2016

The World Dementia Council re-formed at a meeting in London this week, becoming globally representative in recognition of the urgent need to tackle the biggest disease burden facing the world today.

At the meeting Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, was ratified as a Council member.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'Dementia doesn’t stop at UK borders and is undoubtedly the biggest health and care challenge facing the world today. Efforts to improve the lives of people with dementia around the world have taken a leap forward in recent years, particularly on beating the stigma and finding new treatments.

We’ve seen countries including Canada, Mauritius and Nigeria adopt Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative and there has been an unprecedented international research collaboration to find a cure or new treatment by 2025.

With the dementia crisis snowballing, strong global leadership is essential and we are fully committed to supporting the World Dementia Council as they work to tackle it head-on.'

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