ADI News en World Alzheimer Report 2014 reveals persuasive evidence for dementia risk reduction <p><strong>17 September 2014</strong> - The World Alzheimer Report 2014 <em>&lsquo;Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors&rsquo;</em> calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).</p> <!--break--> <p>The report reveals that control of diabetes and high blood pressure as well as measures to encourage smoking cessation and to reduce cardiovascular risk, have the potential to reduce the risk of dementia even in late-life. The report found that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50%. Obesity and lack of physical activity are important risk factors for diabetes and hypertension, and should, therefore, also be targeted.</p> <p>While cardiovascular health is improving in many high income countries, many low and middle income countries show a recent pattern of increasing exposure to cardiovascular risk factors, with rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.</p> <p>Smoking cessation is strongly linked in the report with a reduction in dementia risk. For example, studies of dementia incidence among people aged 65 years and over show that ex-smokers have a similar risk to those who have never smoked, while those who continue to smoke are at much higher risk.</p> <p>Coinciding with the launch of the report, survey data released by Bupa has shown over two thirds (69%) of people around the world* are concerned about getting dementia in later life, but many are unclear about the causes and the actions they can take to potentially reduce their risk.</p> <p><a href="">Find out more and download a copy of the report here</a></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:21:53 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2164 at Global Perspective newsletter for September <p><a href="/adi/pdf/gp201409.pdf"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/gp201409.png" style="width: 90px; height: 127px; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></a>The&nbsp;September 2014 issue of our <em>Global Perspective</em> newsletter is now available. This issue includes a report on our Alzheimer University programme in Geneva,&nbsp;and an&nbsp;update on the World Dementia Council and G7 dementia legacy events, as well as regular features. <a href="/adi/pdf/gp201409.pdf">[Read it now]</a></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:19:40 +0000 Sarah.Kerr 2104 at Canada and France host second Global Dementia Legacy Event <p><strong>11 September 2014 </strong>- Dementia experts from around the world will meet today in Ottawa, Canada, to discuss creating better partnerships between academia-industry, and how to better facilitate innovation in dementia strategies for treatment, care and risk reduction.</p> <!--break--> <p>The event is the second in a series of meetings following on from the commitments made at last year&rsquo;s G8 Dementia Summit in London. The Government of Canada and the Government of France will co-host the two-day summit, running from 11-12 September. The meeting is the second of four such events, which will travel to Japan in November 2014 and the USA in February 2015.</p> <p>The Canada-France Legacy Event will aim to discuss practical ways to fast-track the development of new and innovative approaches to better support people living with dementia and their families.</p> <p>International academia and industry experts from G7 countries and leading NGOs, including ADI, will attend the meeting. Organisers have pledged to develop an Action Framework to help address the current challenges and barriers for enhanced collaboration between academia and industry.</p> <p>Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to taking part in discussions on how we can better harness technology and medical devices to ease the dementia journey. Our collective efforts will help improve the integration of research and mobilize dementia knowledge on a global scale. It&rsquo;s critical we fast-track tangible results and reduce the toll of dementia on our economies and health systems.&rdquo;</p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI, said:</p> <p>&quot;It is crucial that all stakeholders, governments, academia, industry, international health agencies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and patient organizations, work together to increase research efforts and provide better care for people with dementia. The G7 initiative is now the key global driver for this and allows us to leverage our efforts and make a big step forward in tackling this global epidemic.&quot;</p> <p>You can watch the Global Dementia Legacy Event live from 11 September 2014 09:00 (EST) on the <a href="">Canadian Institutes of Health Research website</a>.</p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:04:50 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2184 at World Dementia Council announces next steps <p><strong>2 September 2014</strong> - The World Dementia Council has announced the next steps in its drive to speed up dementia research and increase investment. The plans were agreed at its second meeting at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris in July.</p> <!--break--> <p>Four main areas are being pursued in order to tackle the lack of effective treatment and sufficient funding to find a cure:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Integrated development</strong> &ndash; Optimising the path of medicines from research through to market by reducing barriers &amp; encouraging regulatory flexibility. This work is being led by WDC member Raj Long, Senior Regulatory Officer, Integrated Development, Global Health at the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Finance and incentives</strong> &ndash; Looking at ways to increase the relatively low investment in funding dementia innovation by exploring new types of funding product. The first stages of this work will be focused on different stages of the drug development process with the development of two models that could support early stage and late stage drug development respectively. Later work is likely to focus on care innovation and basic science. The UK Government has engaged JP Morgan to help the WDC develop its proposals.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Open science</strong> &ndash; Unleashing the potential of open science for sharing information and knowledge to accelerate progress in developing new treatments and care approaches, and avoiding wasteful duplication of effort. Both the World Health Organisation and OECD will be supporting the Council in developing their work on this.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Public health/prevention</strong> &ndash; The Council is also beginning an evidence review into existing research on how risk factors such as diabetes and heart disease relate to dementia, as well as looking into public health messaging on lifestyle and prevention. WDC member Harry Johns, President and CEO of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Association, Harry Johns is leading this review.</li> </ul> <p>Speaking after the meeting, World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;This marks a big step for the World Dementia Council in identifying how to break down the barriers which mean that we don&rsquo;t yet have a cure for dementia, or anywhere near the investment in the science, research and care that we need. We must also keep our minds firmly focused on people living with dementia, their families and carers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International (ADI) said:</p> <p>&quot;We welcome the addition of public health and prevention as one of the World Dementia Council&#39;s main areas of focus. Every year we hear more and more about the ways we may be able to help reduce our risk of dementia, and how effective public health programmes can help populations to maintain brain healthy lifestyles. The theme for this year&#39;s World Alzheimer&#39;s Month is <em>Dementia: Can we reduce the risk? </em>As part of the campaign we will launch this year&#39;s World Alzheimer Report on 17 September, which will provide a comprehensive review of the science behind this topic.&quot;</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">World Alzheimer&#39;s Month - <em>Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?</em></a></li> <li><a href="">World Dementia Council website </a></li> </ul> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:34:27 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2124 at Research links low levels of vitamin D to increased dementia risk <p class="first"><strong>7 August 2014</strong> - New research has suggested people with vitamin D deficencies in the blood may be twice as likely to develop dementia. However, researchers have warned that it is too early to recommend the vitamin as a preventative treatment for the disease.</p> <!--break--> <p>According to the British study published in the Neurology journal, those with low levels of vitamin D in the blood were 53% more likely to develop a form of dementia, while those with severe vitamin D deficiencies had a 125% larger risk.</p> <p>The study involved 1,658 people over the age of 65 who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. The participants were followed for an average of six years, after which 171 participants developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer&#39;s disease.</p> <p>Experts have warned that the study does not yet prove a link between vitamin D deficency and an increased dementia risk. Lead researcher Dr Llewellyn said: &quot;We need to be cautious at this early stage. Our latest results do not demonstrate that low vitamin D levels cause dementia.&quot;</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Risk factors</a></li> <li><a href="">ADI&#39;s policy brief for dementia risk factors</a> (PDF)</li> </ul> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:28:33 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2084 at ADI Honorary Vice President appointed to World Dementia Council <p><strong>18 July 2014</strong> - Dr Daisy Acosta, Honorary Vice President and former Chair of Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International (ADI) has been appointed to the World Dementia Council. The council aims to stimulate innovation in treatments and care for people with dementia.</p> <!--break--> <p>Dr Acosta served as Chair of ADI from 2009-2012 and cofounded Asociaci&oacute;n Dominicana de Alzheimer in the Dominican Republic, where she specialises in geriatric psychiatry. She has a large clinical practice in the country and continues to campaign for better care and treatment for people with dementia. Dr Acosta is also the principal investigator of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group centre in the Dominican Republic and continues to play an active role in ADI.</p> <p>The World Dementia Council was formed as a result of commitments made at the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013. The council is led by the World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, and its members are made up of dementia experts from charitable foundations, pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and universities, among others. Dr Acosta is currently the only member of the council from a low or middle income country.</p> <p>The council will meet for a second time later this month.</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li>About the <a href="">World Dementia Council</a></li> <li><a href="">ADI&#39;s Elected Board</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:53:58 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2064 at Research suggests dementia prevalance may be declining in high income countries <p><strong>16 July 2014</strong> - New research presented at the Alzheimer&#39;s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Copenhagen has suggested that age-specific incidence rates of dementia may be in decline in higher income countries.</p> <!--break--> <p>Researchers from Germany and the US have speculated that the decrease may be the result of improvements in two key factors associated with dementia: levels of education and incidence of cardiovascular disease and its associated risks. The US project examined data from the Framingham heart study, a multi-generational cohort study that has been ongoing since 1948.</p> <p>However, researchers have also cautioned that predicted future prevalence of midlife diabetes and obesity could reverse the trend, given that both these conditions are linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Furthermore, they have stressed that as the study is almost exclusively made up of white individuals, the same trend of declining dementia incidence may not be true across other racial and ethnic groups.</p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International said: &quot;These data sets are promising and show the potential impact of effective public health programs. However, the incidence and prevalence of dementia is still increasing rapidly in many other parts of the world. By 2050, 71% of people living with the disease will live in low and middle income countries. It is vital that we continue to campaign for better Alzheimer&#39;s and dementia policies in countries across the world.&quot;</p> <p>The researchers have suggested that while the study does highlight the potential of effective public health programs, the sucess of global ageing will mean the total number of people living with dementia will nevertheless increase rapidly in the coming decades.</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li> <p class="title"><a href="">The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050</a></p> </li> </ul> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:02:48 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2044 at ADI attends United Nations NCDs Meeting <!--break--> <p><strong>A message from ADI Executive Director Marc Wortmann</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/marc-wortmann.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 223px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><strong>10 July 2014 </strong>- The United Nations will meet this week in New York to review the results of their pledges to tackle Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs). Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International (ADI) will attend these meetings and aim to make dementia a priority, putting the spotlight on a disease whose global prevalence is set to treble by 2050.</p> <p>Until 2011, dementia was not included in the UN&#39;s NCD program, although it shares many risk factors with other NCDs, including cancer, heart and lung disease and diabetes. The UN Summit on the same topic in September of this year put these diseases on the global health agenda. Pressure from ADI and other NGOs, mainly in the area of ageing, resulted in the addition of a paragraph in the final declaration of the meeting, highlighting the importance of mental health and Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease alongside the other NCDs.</p> <p>Following this, the World Health Organization developed an NCD-Plan for 2013-2020 and a Mental Health plan. Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and other dementias are briefly mentioned in these plans, but there are currently no policies, measures or actions that have been taken.</p> <p>ADI believes this is a missed opportunity. Dementia shares many of its risk factors with other NCDs, such as smoking, lack of physical activity and unhealthy diets all contributing to the chances of developing the disease. Alzheimer&#39;s and other dementias will be one of the greatest health crises of the 21st century, a fact that was recently recognised by the G8 Dementia Summit in London in December 2013.</p> <p>We were pleased that Jason Hatke, a young Alzheimer&rsquo;s and dementia advocate, was asked to testify last week at the first UN hearing for this week&#39;s summit. ADI will use this meeting as another opportunity to emphasize the importance of increasing awareness, investing more money in research and providing better care for the 44 million people with dementia around the world.</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Read Jason Hatke&#39;s UN testimony</a></li> </ul> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:38:52 +0000 Harriet.Payne 2004 at Smoking increases risk of dementia <p><strong>9 July 2014 </strong>- Smokers have a 45% higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, according to information published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International (ADI). <!--break--> Evidence reviewed by WHO reveals a strong link between smoking and the risk of dementia, and the more a person smokes, the higher the risk. It is estimated that 14% of Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease cases worldwide are potentially attributable to smoking.</p> <p>WHO warns that exposure to second-hand smoke (passive smoking) may also increase the risk of dementia.</p> <p>&quot;Since there is currently no cure for dementia, public health interventions need to focus on prevention by changing modifiable risk factors like smoking,&rdquo; says Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. &ldquo;This research shows that a decrease in smoking now is likely to result in a substantial decrease in the burden of dementia in the years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Tobacco use is already recognized as the one risk factor common to four main groups of non-communicable diseases (NCDs): cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tobacco is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing nearly six million people a year,&rdquo; says Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of the Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at WHO. &ldquo;WHO urges governments to actively implement and enforce the measures of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, especially smoke-free environment laws and access to tobacco cessation services&rdquo;.</p> <p>Laurent Huber, Director of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) for Tobacco Control, comments: &ldquo;It is no surprise to see these findings confirm that tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for dementia. This adds yet another item to the long list of the devastating consequences of tobacco and gives even more reason for personal and public health action to help people to quit smoking.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The research also shows that quitting smoking later in life might be beneficial so encouraging and supporting current tobacco users to quit should be a priority,&rdquo; says Serge Gauthier, chair of the ADI&rsquo;s Medical Scientific Advisory Panel.</p> <p>Dementia affects more than 44 million people worldwide, with almost two thirds of them living in low- and middle-income countries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every year, there are 7.7 million new cases of dementia. In 2010, the global cost was calculated at US$ 604 billion, which represents 1% of global GDP (gross domestic product),&rdquo; says Marc Wortmann, ADI Executive Director. &ldquo;No government can ignore the opportunity to link this new information into its planning and health system activities to reduce smoking and control NCDs.&rdquo;</p> <p>ADI believes that this information can form the basis for countries to add messages about brain health and dementia risk into public health anti-smoking programs and interventions.</p> <h3>Where next?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Read the factsheet here - <em>Tobacco use and dementia </em></a></li> </ul> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:55:31 +0000 Anastasia.Psoma 1984 at Global Perspective newsletter for June 2014 <p><a href="/adi/pdf/gp201406.pdf"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/gp201406.png" style="width: 90px; height: 127px; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></a>The June 2014 issue of our <em>Global Perspective</em> newsletter is now available. This issue includes a report on the 29th International Conference of ADI, an introduction to the new World Dementia Envoy and winners of this year&#39;s awards, as well as regular features. <a href="/adi/pdf/gp201406.pdf">[Read it now]</a></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Sarah.Kerr 1944 at