Today, Wednesday 11 December, the UK Government is hosting the G8 Dementia Summit. Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, welcomed the opportunity to collaborate on the prevention of dementia and helping people to live well with the condition.
The G8 Dementia summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. G8 Ministers and the European Commission will deliver prepared statements, and the topics for discussion during the day include:
improving life and care for people affected by dementia and their carers
preventing and delaying dementia
social adaptation to global ageing and dementia
Attending the summit, Duncan Selbie said:
Dementia is a critical public health issue. We can really make a difference to people’s lives by managing the causes of this group of diseases. This means we can delay onset of symptoms and add life to people’s years.
A lot can also be done to support people with dementia and their carers to live well with the condition. The G8 Dementia Summit represents a unique opportunity to generate global collaboration on these important issues.