G8 will develop dementia cure or treatment by 2025

English: Histopathogic image of senile plaques...

English: Histopathogic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex in a patient with Alzheimer disease of presenile onset. Silver impregnation. The same case as shown in a file “Alzheimer_dementia_(1)_presenile_onset.jpg”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

 

Shhhh

Drip ….. drip ….. drip …..drip.
Each drip a pixel leached away,
inexorable decay of the tincture of our minds.

Tick ….. tick ….. tick ….. tick.
Each tick dementia’s metronome,
eroding monotone of the cryptic logic of our minds.

Click ….. click ….. click ….. click.
Each click the measured symmetry
of memory’s deletion of the pictures of our minds.

Kerpow ….. kerpow ….. kerpow ….. kerpow.
Each kerpow Thor’s hammer blow,
percussive throes of rupture of the power of our minds.

Shhh ….. shhh ….. shhh ….. shhh.
Each shhh assuring calm,
compassioned balm for the anxious mish-mash of demented minds.

Drip, tick, click, kerpow,
Drip, tick, click, kerpow,
Drip, tick, click, kerpow,
Shhh ….. shhh ….. shhh.

 

 

 

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.

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