It’s a frightening thought that as remedies, cures for physical diseases are gradually discovered little has been done in comparison for mental disease which is the inevitable battle-ground of an aging population. The G8 2025 target seems hopelessly ambitious but at least it’s at last a recognition of the scale of the problem that has to be addressed.
|Drip ….. drip ….. drip …..drip.
Each drip a pixel leached away,
inexorable decay of the tincture of our minds.
Tick ….. tick ….. tick ….. tick.
Click ….. click ….. click ….. click.
Kerpow ….. kerpow ….. kerpow ….. kerpow.
Shhh ….. shhh ….. shhh ….. shhh.
Drip, tick, click, kerpow,
10th December 2013 – headline from the BBC
Notes: “G8 will develop dementia cure or treatment by 2025.” The global number of dementia sufferers is expected to treble to 135m by 2050. Dementia is an umbrella term that describes about 100 diseases in which brain cells die on a huge scale. All damage memory, language, mental agility, understanding and judgement. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, affecting 62% of those living with dementia. It gets worse with time and eventually people are left completely dependent on carers. It is incurable. Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit. They also called on the World Health Organization to identify dementia as “an increasing threat to global health” and to help countries adapt to the dementia timebomb. In a statement they said “We recognise the need to strengthen efforts to stimulate and harness innovation and to catalyse investment at the global level.” Dementia ultimately leaves people needing full-time care as brain function wastes away. There is growing concern that some countries will simply not cope with the growing burden of dementia.
- G8 Summit Sets ‘Ambitious’ 2025 Target For Dementia Cure…. (spongebobz14.wordpress.com)
- A cure for dementia could be found within twelve years, David Cameron has said (telegraph.co.uk)
- International Push For Dementia Drug Or Cure By 2025 (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
- UK aims to double dementia funding (bbc.co.uk)
- Dementia research funding to be doubled by 2025, says David Cameron (theguardian.com)