Dementia risk reduction highlighted on World Stroke Day

29 October 2015 - Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has joined forces with the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) to issue a proclamation on World Stroke Day, calling for urgent action to help reduce the risk of stroke, especially vascular dementia, the second most common type of dementia.

The proclamation higlights the seismic impact of stroke and dementia worldwide, especially in low and middle income countries where the incidence of stroke is increasing rapidly. Globally, it is estimated that around 1 in 6 people around the world will have a stroke in their lifetime. Of these, it is thought around 20% of people who have a stroke will develop post-stroke dementia within the following six months (Alzheimer's Society).

Stroke and dementia share many of the same risk factors, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and being overweight. The proclamation calls for urgent global action to help support people living with stroke and dementia, by providing specialised care and transdisciplinary teams for stroke rehabilitation.

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI commented: "The increasing prevalence of stroke and dementia in low and middle income countries is very worrying. Like dementia, stroke often results in long-term disability affecting all aspects of daily living. It is vital we work towards a world where people living with stroke and dementia and caregivers are properly supported, and where the public are better educated about ways to help reduce their risk of stroke and dementia."

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