We are facing a public health and social care emergency and immediate action is needed!
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60-70% of all cases. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are progressive, degenerative illnesses that attack the brain. They affect people’s abilities, impacting on all aspects of their life and upon others in their lives, particularly those who care for them day by day.
Every year, 4.6 million new cases of dementia are reported worldwide: One new case every seven seconds. By 2050, it is projected that there will be 100 million people with dementia in the world. No country is adequately prepared to deal with a crisis of this magnitude.
Lack of awareness and understanding has resulted in insufficient resources to address this crisis. Worldwide, attention to this rapidly growing problem is so small that most of those affected continue to suffer without help, or hope. This must change! The quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be transformed. Too often, they, their families and carers lack the support that they need and deserve.
We, the members of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), representing 77 associations around the world, urgently call upon all governments and stakeholders to act now.
Please sign the petition at http://www.globalcharter.org/
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