Landmark publication demands long term commitment to battle dementia

15 March 2016 - More than 30 experts are urging action on Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the April volume of the Lancet Neurology Journal, released today ahead of presentation of a landmark report to the European Parliament Commissioners in Brussels this afternoon.

The report entitled 'Defeating Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias: a priority for European science and society' was led by Professor Bengt Winblad, former chair and current active member of Alzheimer's Disease International's (ADI) Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, and edited by leading researchers from Sweden, France, UK, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, the United States, Germany and Netherlands.

The report supports data and recommendations from ADI’s World Alzheimer Report 2015, 'The Global Impact of Dementia: An analysis of prevalence, incidence, cost and trends’, including the need to continue progress made since the G8 Dementia Summit in 2013, and G7 legacy events, and the World Health Organisation’s first Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia, in March 2015.

ADI supports the report by calling for all governments to establish a National Plan for Dementia.   

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, called the paper:

“An important step that confirms that we know what to do, we just need the political will to make that happen. There is momentum now for policies from WHO, EU and Global Action Against Dementia and we also urge the G20 countries to make dementia their priority."  

You can read the full report here.