LONDON – “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” This typically insightful comment by Nelson Mandela was invoked as a call for action by health ministers, science ministers, researchers, voluntary organizations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and the WHO, at the First G8 Dementia summit in London Wednesday.
The summit made a pledge that its eight member countries will work together to find a cure or a disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025.
Be inspired by the people with dementia who came to address the summit, UK Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, told the high-level meeting. “We need to match their courage by daring to aim big; we need to tap into the emotion expressed so powerfully and bring together a global movement.”
The major concern for those diagnosed with dementia who contributed to the summit is that it would be all words and no action. However, Hunt claimed, “some