Posted on August 21, 2013

Dementia care subject of new G8 summit

The UK is to be the home of the first G8 summit to focus on dementia.  The aim is to improve standards of care for those who are suffering from the condition. The original plan was for the dementia care summit to take place in September, but this has now been put back until December.  One of the objectives will be to encourage international coordination.  A focus on dementia is set to be a priority during 2013, as the UK has the G8 presidency. It has been estimated that more than 35 million people around the world have the condition.  This number is set to rise rapidly, reaching more than 115 million by 2050.  The prime minister launched the Challenge on Dementia in 2012, which is a programme designed to raise awareness and improve services and care for dementia sufferers.  This worldwide effort is the next step, and the summit is to be held in London.  One of the subjects on the agenda is research into therapies.  The summit will also look at every aspect of dementia care, including slowing down the onset of the disease. The politicians will be looking at ways for companies, researchers and medical professionals to work together to improve dementia care and to reach the set goals much more quickly.  The summit has been identified as an opportunity to look at the problem on a global scale and offer help to those countries that do not have the budget to progress as fast as those in areas such as North America and Western Europe.
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