Why a Global Action Plan on dementia is so important

Read the blog by Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International on why a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan on Dementia is so important in 2017.
Governments around the world must prepare now, by developing national plans that address the impact of dementia in their own country.

Alzheimer's Disease International

Originally published 19 December on the Biomed Central Network.

Alzheimers Disease Society Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International

Dementia is the name of a group of progressive diseases that affect cognition and other crucial functions of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, followed by vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Frontotemporal dementia (FTD).Age is the main risk factor; there is a change of 1 in 15 at the age of 65, increasing to 1 in 3 for those over 85.

As our world population rapidly ages, there are a growing number of people who develop dementia. Research showed that in 2015, there was one new case of dementia somewhere in the world every three seconds. This is four times as much than new cases of HIV/Aids. There is currently no cure for dementia.

The impact of the disease is huge. First of all on…

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