During Dementia Awareness Week, the two charities Alzheimer’s Disease International and the Alzheimer’s Society announced that they were teaming up with the Department of Health to launch a global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
The Alliance has been formed as a result of the call to action to increase funding, research and improve dementia care which was voiced at the G8 summit on dementia last December.
The three Alliance partners will collaborate between international non-government organisations, professional associations and governments to raise awareness and do more to combat the epidemic of dementia.
Over 800,000 people suffer with dementia in the UK with over 22,600 of those with the condition living in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Research carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK found that only £50 million is invested in dementia research a year compared to the £590 million pounds that is spent on cancer research.