World Dementia Council publishes Statement of Purpose

The World Dementia Council has published its Statement of Purpose, setting out what it hopes to achieve.

Statement of Purpose

Dementia is a ticking bomb. The world’s ageing population is driving the problem to critical levels: the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 36 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2010 and that Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia cases will nearly double every 20 years. A large proportion of this increase will be in middle income countries.

WHO also estimated that the global cost of dementia care in 2010 was US$604 billion – that’s 1.0% of global GDP. By 2030, the cost of caring for close to 90 million dementia patients could be a staggering US$1.2 trillion or more. This is unsustainable and investment is needed, if we are to avert this economic and social disaster.

This is not an acceptable situation. Something fundamental has to change. We need a concerted effort to mobilise a global assault on dementia, in the way we attacked HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 90s.

We need to deliver accurate and early diagnosis, effective treatment and better care and support.

We believe current research and development is not making sufficiently rapid progress. Conventional drug development approaches have made limited headway. Our understanding of dementia and our diagnostic tools are still in their infancy. There have been multiple clinical trial failures, often in the late stages of development, at large cost to investors and the pharmaceutical industry. Too much experimental science … Continue reading