Joining forces to prevent dementia: The International Research Network On Dementia Prevention (IRNDP)

Kaarin J. Anstey, Ruth Peters, Linda Clare, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Hiroko H. Dodge, Deborah E. Barnes, Suzana Shahar, Henry Brodaty, Glenn Rees

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Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder with global impact, with the largest proportion of cases occurring in low- and middle-income countries. It is estimated that there are 46.8 million cases globally with approximately 10 million new cases each year or a new case occurring every 3 sec (Prince et al., 2015). For comparison there are 36.7 million HIV cases with an estimated 2 million new cases each year (WHO, 2017). The rise in dementia prevalence is largely due to population ageing, with the oldest being at highest risk. To date there are no diseases modifying medications for Alzheimer's disease or the other causes of dementia. Academics and research groups are increasingly focused on prevention or delay of dementia (Brayne and Miller, 2017) and a number of organizations now prioritize dementia, indicating a strong and coherent international effort to address this problem. Examples include the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has established a Global Dementia Observatory; the World Dementia Council; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the U.S. National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA); and the Global Council on Brain Health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1757-1760
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


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