OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says the commitment made by G8 health ministers in December to find a cure for dementia by 2025 is not unreasonable, given the progress that has been made into treating other serious conditions.
“I think it has potential,” McCarthy tells the OMNIway, when asked about the probability of finding a dementia cure by 2025.
He adds that research has unearthed many discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, which is also promising.
“It has been said in the past that a cure or a treatment is in sight — they’ve isolated several causal effects but haven’t really found ways to deal with that,” McCarthy says. “They have developed medications that help slow the progress and help speed up neuronal transitions.”
There’s another reason to believe that a cure for dementia might not be too far away; the fact that a lot of progress has been made into finding treatments for diseases such as cancer.
Meeting at a G8 conference in London to address the issue of dementia and what can be done to find a cure, health ministers from Canada, Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan agreed to create a “dementia envoy” dedicated to promoting research into finding a cure.
The first step to finding a cure for dementia will be to appoint the envoy, who will be tasked with assembling international expertise and obtaining research funding from public and private sectors.
The conference drew attention to the fact that $12 billion worldwide has been spent on research to cure dementia, yet there has been little success in the process.
With the populations of G8 nations aging at a fast pace there’s more need now than ever to find a cure, the ministers concluded.
McCarthy says he commends the G8 health ministers for their commitment to finding a cure for dementia, adding any inroads that will prevent or manage dementia will have a positive impact on society.
“Because it’s not a disease that’s easy to live with,” he says.
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