Health Ministers and experts from the World’s eight major economies met today in London to discuss the growing crisis of dementia. Tackling the disease is thought to cost the world economy over £370 billion a year, with costs due to rise sharply over the next 40 years as the world population continues to age.

Speaking on the issue, London MEP and Vice Chairman of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance, Marina Yannakoudakis said “I welcome this issue being placed at the top of the global agenda; we need to act now if we are to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. More needs to be done to fight this disease; we need better drug treatments, earlier diagnoses, improved dementia care and better research into risk factors so that we can reduce the long-term threat.” 

Last week, Marina attended a conference in Brussels which brought together MEPs and representatives from Alzheimer Europe to compare and benchmark national dementia policies as part of the European dementia monitor program.