Dementia summit by UK's G8

Dementia summit by UK's G8The UK can use its presidency of the G8 to carry the primary international dementia summit.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have referred to health ministers from the member countries to attend the meeting in London on December 11.

Mr Hunt represented the condition as a world challenge.

Dementia currently affects about 35.6 million individuals across the world. By 2020, the figure will be nearly 70 million.

The worldwide expenditure on dementia alone as calculated in 2010 was $604bn (£386bn). Out of the entire expenditure, about seventieth is used in Western Europe and North America.

But, a majority of such individuals is now seen in nations that are developing and with their populations growing and age, the pressure on their services and budgets can increase.

Mr Hunt said, "This may be an international challenge and one that is ready to accentuate. While we tend to still pursue tomorrow's cures, it's vital currently over ever to pay serious attention to what we are able to do to cut back the typical range of people living with the condition."