LONDON, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Canada applauds
the leadership of the Canadian government and participating countries
at the G8 Dementia Summit, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron,
who today committed to work together to address the growing problem of
dementia through increased research, innovation and partnerships.
"We were pleased to have been invited on behalf of Canadians affected by
dementia and work alongside the Government of Canada at the G8 Summit,"
Mimi-Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said Wednesday
as the event drew to a close. "This summit provided a historic
opportunity to transform dementia research. It will take a concerted
and sustained action from world leaders to tackle one of the world's
largest and most expensive public health issues."
Health Ministers from G8 countries, including Federal Health Minister
Rona Ambrose and Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne, gathered in London
to discuss how they can better coordinate efforts and formulate an
international approach to deal with dementia.
After their day-long discussions, the G8 Ministers released a
Declaration, outlining 12 commitments aimed at addressing the
significant human and economic toll of dementia-related illnesses.
"This summit represented a new level of international collaboration and
commitment when it comes to addressing the health and economic
challenges of dementia," said Minister Ambrose. "I look forward to
working with our G8 partners and stakeholders like the Alzheimer
Society of Canada to build upon the G8 legacy event Canada will host
with France in Ottawa next year. This will enable Canada to continue to
take a leadership role and meet our shared commitment of finding a cure
by 2025. It will also ensure that our discussions result in better care
to help those living with dementia and their families and caregivers."
Currently, 747,000 Canadians are living with dementia, including
Alzheimer's disease, with this number reaching 1.4 million by 2031.
Annual costs to Canada's economy will increase from $33 billion today,
to $293 billion by 2040.
To address the growing dementia crisis, the Alzheimer Society of Canada
continues to advocate for a Canadian Alzheimer's disease and dementia
partnership, with a mandate to assemble dementia experts, government
officials, health-care providers, researchers and people who are
personally impacted by the disease to facilitate and implement a
national dementia plan.
"We are encouraged by the international approach to dementia
demonstrated by the G8 Summit and we will continue to support and work
with the Canadian government on next steps here at home," said
About the Alzheimer Society of Canada
The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for
people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Active in
communities right across Canada, the Society offers help for today
through our programs and services, and hope for tomorrow by funding
research into the cause, prevention and a cure.
To learn more about the Alzheimer Society and the Canadian Alzheimer's
disease and dementia partnership, visit www.alzheimer.ca
SOURCE: Alzheimer Society of Canada
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