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Saturday 21st September 2019

First meeting of the World Dementia Council

7th May 2014
A council, appointed by the UK government, has been set up to support the World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings CBE.

alzheimers1The Council met for the first time in London to discuss the creation and development of treatments and care for dementia patients in the next fifteen years.

They also considered how they could best use the collection of scientists and financial backing from multiple nationalities across the globe.

This ties in with the objective from the 2013 G8 summit, which was to identify a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 36 million people worldwide are living with dementia, with the global cost of dementia estimated at US$604 billion.

World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings CBE, said: "Dementia is a ticking bomb and with the global cost of dementia care expected to reach over $1 trillion by 2030 we can’t afford to do nothing."

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