Dementia Forum X
– An international initiative focusing on the global challenges of dementia.
Dementia is one of the toughest challenges of today, with over 46 million people affected worldwide. This number is expected to double by 2030 and reach beyond 131,5 million people by 2050. Dementia does not only affect the patients, their families and caregivers, both emotionally and financially, it also has a direct effect on the world economy with a yearly average cost of 818 billion US dollars, a figure that increases every day.
The lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in the world, has led to stigmatisation, barriers to diagnosis and proper care as well as a direct drop-off in quality of life for millions of people worldwide. This analysis is the reason for creating the biannual executive meeting Dementia Forum X with the ambition to become a global initiative to take action on dementia.
The specific goals of the forum is to
- Define the challenges
- Identify solutions
- Take action
Dementia Forum X was organized for the first time in May 2015 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. The initiative was organized by Forum For Elderly Care in collaboration with Swedish Care International, Karolinska Institutet, Swedish Dementia Centre, Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and Forte.