Wednesday, 18 March 2015

WHO- Dementia Research And Care

At the WHO-hosted Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland yesterday announced that over US$ 100 million will be invested in a pioneering new global Dementia Discovery Fund.

Dementia currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide, with more than 75 million people estimated to be living with dementia by 2030. The number is expected to triple by 2050. It is one of the major health challenges for our generation. Often hidden, misunderstood and underreported, dementia impacts individuals, families and communities and is a growing cause of disability. Nearly 60% of people with dementia live in low- and middle-income countries

Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of ageing. It is a condition that impairs the cognitive brain functions of memory, language, perception and thought and which interferes significantly with the ability to maintain the activities of daily living. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Evidence suggests that the risk of certain types of dementia may be lowered by reducing cardiovascular risk factors, as applicable.

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