Dementia is clearly one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. It can have a substantial impact on caregivers, family and societies across a range of domains - physical, psychological, social and economic. Sadly, it’s an experience that’s set to affect more and more of us in the years ahead.
The World Health Organization estimates there were more than 35.6 million people living with dementia in 2012. By 2030 that number is expected to double. By 2050 there will be an estimated 115.4 million people living with dementia worldwide. In Australia, four times more people will be affected than today.
Bupa is committed to making a difference for the millions of people challenged by and touched by dementia. Internationally, Bupa has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to develop a joint Global Dementia Charter and spearhead a broad awareness drive for dementia with a view to breaking down barriers to diagnosis and care.
Bupa and ADI launched the joint Global Dementia Charter titled I can live well with dementia at the 28th ADI International Conference in Taiwan. Written from the perspective of someone who has the condition, the charter outlines a 10-point manifesto for those living with dementia and highlights a range of considerations, from the most basic of rights, to more personal needs, to advanced care planning.
There is no current effective treatment available to cure dementia or to drastically alter its progressive course. But much can be done to support and improve the lives and care of people living with dementia and their families. The charter focuses on management rather than treatment, and also sets out a program of ‘enablers’ – the actions needed by governments, organisations and campaigners worldwide to achieve a better quality of life for people with dementia.
|In Australia, Bupa supports a number of local initiatives, and research and advocacy, including the well-regarded BrainyApp, developed through Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with the Bupa Health Foundation.|