‘Dementia is a terrible, heart-breaking disease, and tackling it, is a personal priority of mine,’ said David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister in May this year. He continued: ‘Two months ago, I promised that we’d lead an all-out national fight-back against dementia, and now it is happening.’
Mr. Cameron launched a campaign to make the UK a world leader in dementia care and research, as part of his National Dementia Challenge.
Three key areas where Government aims to make a difference have been identified:
- Making sure that health and social systems are properly geared up to deal with the crisis.
- Radically stepping up research into cures and treatments with an overall funding for research doubled to reach 66 million pounds by the year 2015.
- Getting society involved in this fight which means communities, charities as well as businesses.
Worldwide, there are an estimated 18 million people with Alzheimer’s disease and in 20 years’ time, this figure is set to almost double to 34 million.
My wish is that politicians all over the world follow David Cameron’s example. But, I would like to add Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Gaucher’s disease to this list. Every politician should bear the following in mind:
TRUST TAKES YEARS TO BUILD, SECONDS TO DESTROY, BUT FOREVER TO REPAIR.