Cameron to Seek Global Dementia Strategy as a G-8 Priority

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will make the agreement of a global strategy to fight dementia one of his priorities for next month’s Group of Eight meeting.

About 35.6 million people worldwide have dementia, according to Cameron’s office, a number the World Health Organization estimates will double every 20 years. A G-8 dementia summit in London in September will bring scientists and politicians together to find ways of cooperating.

“If the brightest minds are working together on this then we’ve got a greater chance of improving treatments and finding scientific breakthroughs,” Cameron said in a statement during a visit to New York today. “I’ve said before that we need an all-out fight-back against dementia that cuts across society. Now we need to cut across borders and spearhead an international approach that could really make a difference.”

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