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G7 dementia focus ‘exciting’ but more is needed

There has been a high level of political involvement regarding dementia amongst G7 countries since the group launched its initiative on the disease but there is still more to be done.

That was one of the key messages from the executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Marc Wortmann, at the 30th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

“It’s very exciting, I’ve been a part of the Alzheimer’s associations movement for 15 years now and we haven’t been at this level of political commitment in the past,” Wortmann said. “Of course it’s not a guarantee for good outcomes and we have to work together with [non-government organisations], governments, the industry, academia and, last but not the least, the people with dementia themselves.”

Health editor Dallas Bastian spoke with Wortmann at the conference about his presentation and what steps will be necessary to reach outcomes set out at the then-G8 summit on dementia in December 2013.

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