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Fight Dementia Campaign


Dementia will be the major health problem of this century however Australia can beat dementia if we tackle it the same way as we have heart disease and cancer.

Join Alzheimer's Australia in their Fight Dementia Campaign. Become a Dementia Champion by putting pen to paper, expressing your support for more services and communicating to others.


Read more here and learn how to get involved.

 

Click here to view the 2013 -2014 Political Campaign Kit.

 

Click here for the latest Fight Dementia News September 2013.

 

Aged Care Reform in Australia

Click here to view the The Living Longer Living Better Aged Care reform package in Australia.

 

Click here to join the Australians Deserve to Age Well Campaign

 

Let's make dementia a G20 priority

Infographic provided by Alzheimer's AustraliaAustralia will host the next meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) in November. We ask our Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, to place dementia prominently on the G20 agenda. He will follow the lead of the British Prime Minister who recently hosted the G8 Dementia Summit, and called dementia "the disease that steals lives, wrecks families and breaks hearts" and recognised it as "an increasing threat to global health".



At the recent G8 summit, the leading economies of the world made a commitment to developing a cure for dementia by 2025. The UK said it would double its annual research funding for dementia to £132m by 2025. The USA has increased its funding for dementia recently by 12.5%. However, all this comes from a low base, with research funding for cancer currently being about 8 times, and for cardiovascular disease about 6 times that for dementia in high income countries (HICs). A huge imbalance will continue to exist.


Of course, dementia is a global problem, currently costing more than $600 billion annually, and growing exponentially. The greatest growth is in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Already, there are more dementia patients in LMICs, and by the middle of the century, more than 70% of dementia patients will be in these countries, which are ill-equipped to deal with the burden of dementia. In many countries, there is a lack of awareness of the problem, dementia is poorly diagnosed and facilities for treatment and care are rudimentary. ADI estimated that 3 out of every 4 of the 36 million people worldwide living with dementia have not been formally diagnosed and are not receiving treatment and care. The "treatment gap" is most significant in developing nations. In Australia, the average delay between the onset of noticeable symptoms and a firm diagnosis is 3.1 years. Putting dementia on the G20 agenda and getting a commitment from the leaders of countries like China, India and Brazil is likely to have a remarkable impact on dementia awareness, care and research around the world.



More funds are needed for the diagnosis, treatment and care of dementia patients. An investment into dementia research is urgently needed from all countries, led by but not restricted to the rich nations. In many parts of the world, research into dementia is non-existent. This, combined with the relative neglect of dementia research in rich countries, has created a major gap between the disability and suffering attributable to dementia and the research investment into its diagnosis, treatment and appropriate care. Greater research funding will help develop new treatments, but more importantly, exploit the current knowledge to develop strategies to prevent dementia or delay its onset. The G8 has set ambitious targets. We ask Mr Abbott to take the lead and make it a truly global fight against the dementia time bomb.

 

Support the petition

We hope that you can provide your support to reach the 20,000 by adding your name to the petition here: Dementia on the G20 Agenda.

Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to sign too!

 

Leaders Summit

The G20 Leaders Summit in 2014 will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland. The principal meeting venue will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and as many as 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives are expected to attend.

The Leaders Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people's lives. The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitments.

 

Information sourced from Alzheimer's Australia and CHEBA (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing)