Alzheimer’s is a condition that has no concept of international borders and affects individuals in every nation around the world.
To recognize this, Alzheimer’s Disease International, an organisation that raises awareness of the condition, have launched Alzheimer’s Month – a campaign designed to raise awareness and challenge stigma.
As part of the project Alzheimer’s associations across the globe are being encouraged to join in and raise awareness by providing information on the condition, conducting memory walks, and carry out free memory screening.
ADI have also released the latest World Alzheimer Report as part of the month-long celebrations that looks at the condition and the latest research into reducing the risks of contracting it.
This new document, Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors critically, examines the evidence for the existence of modifiable risk factors for dementia and identifies four key domains where changes need to be made: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions.
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI said: “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that most of the risk factors for dementia overlap with those for the other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).
“By 2050, we estimate that 71% of people living with dementia will live in these regions, so implementing effective public health campaigns may help to reduce the global risk.”
The report was researched and authored by Professor Martin Prince and his colleagues at the Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London.
Professor Martin Prince, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and author of the report, commented: “There is already evidence from several studies that the incidence of dementia may be falling in high income countries, linked to improvements in education and cardiovascular health.
“We need to do all we can to accentuate these trends. With a global cost of over US$ 600 billion, the stakes could hardly be higher.”
A copy of the report can be found by visiting www.alz.co.uk/worldreport2014
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