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Sunday, September 20, 2009

21st Sep World Alzheimer's Day: Sign Global Alzheimer's Disease Charter

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.

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are not a natural part of ageing. Prevention is possible. Care can improve quality of life for the person with dementia and their families. Medical research will continue to improve upon existing effective treatments. Be positive and adopt the solutions that will help millions of people today and tomorrow.

The following six principles should be adopted to make Alzheimer's disease and other dementias a global priority:
  1. Promote awareness and understanding of the disease
  2. Respect the human rights of people with the disease
  3. Recognize the key role of families and carers
  4. Provide access to health and social care
  5. Stress the importance of optimal treatment after diagnosis
  6. Take action to prevent the disease, through improvements in public health

Sign the Global Alzheimer's Disease Charter: http://www.globalcharter.org/ and support our Fight against Dementia.

Watch the Film : http://www.globalcharter.org/film/

Silver Inning Foundation supports this charter.

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