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International Position Paper on Dementia Chaired by Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
Recently, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) approached the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) to draft a consensus Statement on dementia that will be used to support policy and decision-makers worldwide. Taking a synergistic approach, the CCNA’s Research Executive Committee harnessed their expertise in science and medicine to develop a paper which became the basis of discussion of an international working group whose members were selected by Academies of Medicine around the world and chaired by the CCNA’s Scientific Director, Dr. Howard Chertkow. The paper has been issued by the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health) as A Call for Action to Tackle the Growing Burden of Dementia. This IAP Statement is endorsed by more than 50 members of IAP for Health.

“Our Call for Action is one which aims at developing an evidence-based and a public health orientated approach to this looming problem,” explains Dr. Chertkow. “Ultimately each country should make a clear assessment for each population of the potential for primary or upstream prevention of dementia. This should be followed by plans for secondary prevention, i.e. early detection followed by effective treatment, which is considered to be more effective at that stage than later. Such treatment would include both what is currently available and what should soon be developed through therapeutic trials. So-called tertiary prevention (mitigation of dementia and its ramifications through various therapies and end of life care for those with dementia) also needs to be ramped up.”

THE IAP Statement calls on governments and healthcare providers to:
• Educate the public about dementia, brain health, and take action to remove the stigma associated with the illness;
• Support research that will help delay, treat, prevent, and (ideally) cure the common causes of dementia; and
• Invest in national healthcare systems, including providing training and capacity building for integrated healthcare teams and building the necessary infrastructure to ensure timely, competent, person-centered care for those living with dementia and their care partners throughout the illness.

Read the open access academic article from the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Read the IAP’s Statement Release on: “A Call for Action to Tackle the Growing Burden of Dementia,” and the IAP Statement here.

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