The number of people with dementia is expected to triple between 2015 and 2050; the social and economic impact of this rise will be considerable; and currently there is no cure. This is why efforts to reduce the risk of dementia are so important.

Last year, two members of our leadership committee, Professor Kaarin Anstey and Dr Ruth Peters, along with IRNDP early career members, Lidan Zheng and Nicole Ee, and a team from Finland led by Professor Miia Kivipelto, worked alongside the WHO to synthesize evidence relating to dementia risk reduction to support the guideline development process.

In May, the WHO released, for the first time, Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia. The new Guidelines will be an important tool for health-care providers, as well as governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders to strengthen their response to the dementia challenge.

See the guidelines here:

https://www.who.int/mental_health/neurology/dementia/guidelines_risk_reduction/en/

On the 21st of June 2019, ADI and WHO also held a webinar with WHO staff and other experts involved in the development of the guidelines to explain the guidelines. Watch to the webinar below. 

 

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