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Politicians petitioned to discuss dementia at G20

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Alzheimer’s Australia is supporting a petition to get dementia on the G20 agenda.

In 2010, the annual worldwide cost of dementia care was estimated to be more than $US600 billion, and it is predicted to nearly double to $US1.117 trillion by 2030.

Despite commitments made at a recent G8 summit to develop a cure for dementia by 2025, funding to research the disease is still quite low, with research funding for cancer currently about eight times and cardiovascular disease about six times that for dementia.

In many parts of the world research into dementia is non-existent, and Alzheimer’s Australia hopes that by putting dementia on the agenda of the G20 this will change. To sign the petition, visit https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Australian_PM_Tony_Abbott_Make_dementia_research_and_prevention_a_priority_agenda_item_at_the_G20/

Kirsty Waterford