There are an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide living with dementia, and given the world’s ageing population this number could nearly double every 20 years to an estimated 65.7 million in 2030 (and 115.4 million in 2050) according to World Health Organisation projections.
The UK, which has been working on a national programme of action through the PM’s Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge launched in March 2012, now plans to use the UK’s presidency of the G8 to host the first summit dedicated to establishing a new level of international collaboration particularly in the field of dementia research.
The summit is expected to assist in the coordination of expertise and experience from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organisation (WHO), industry, national research organisations, politicians, researchers and healthcare workers.
“The UK is to host the first G8 dementia summit on 10/11 December 2013 to lead international action on tackling the condition… The G8 summit aims to coordinate the research between countries, companies, researchers and companies to help people with dementia get the best care world-wide”.
G8 dementia summit hosted by the UK. London The Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge / Department of Health, August 19th 2013.
Hunt, J. (2013). The world-wide challenge of dementia: Jeremy Hunt talks about using the G8 summit on dementia to seek further international collaboration. London: Department of Health, August 19th 2013.
A question of scale:
“If dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy, ranking between Turkey and Indonesia. If it were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Wal-Mart (US$414 billion) and Exxon Mobil (US$311 billion). The total estimated worldwide costs of dementia were US$604 billion in 2010. About 70 per cent of the costs occur in Western Europe and North America”.
UK to host G8 dementia summit. London: Department of Health, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Prime Minister’s Office, August 19th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].