On World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September 2016), a new report authored by researchers from King’s College London calls for global transformation in healthcare for people with dementia.
This highlights the need to redesign and repurpose dementia care services for the challenges of the 21st Century
Professor Martin Prince, Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry and co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at King’s College London
The annual World Alzheimer Report (‘Improving healthcare for people living with dementia’), led by Alzheimer’s Disease International and co-authored by experts from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing care.
The authors call for concerted action to increase coverage of healthcare for people with dementia, an illness which affects 47 million people worldwide – and this number is expected to treble by 2050.
Professor Martin Prince, lead author, from King’s College London, said: ‘This landmark report highlights the need to redesign and repurpose dementia care services for the challenges of the 21st Century. We have just 10-15 years to get this right, planning and implementing a realistic and robust platform for delivering dementia healthcare for all, in advance of any new and more effective treatments becoming available.’
The full report is available online.
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