- A Global Action on Dementia
Dementia is one of the toughest challenges of today, with over 46 million (46,8) people affected worldwide. This number is expected to reach 131.5 million by 2050 and will surpass 150 million people by 2050. Dementia does not only affect the patients, their families and caregivers, both emotionally and financially, but 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. It is estimated to become a trillion dollar disease by 2018.
Dementia Forum X strives for a broader collaboration between executives from all parts of the global community to target this mounting health crisis.
Dementia Forum X has set the following goals in order to make our joint contribution meaningful:
- Definition of challenges
- Identification of solutions
- Take action
Dementia Forum X was organised for the first time in May of 2015 and was patroned by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. The initiative was organised in collaboration with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, The Karolinska Institute and Forte. Dementia Forum X was and is to be a day of reflection and includes discussions between a hundred of the worlds leading business executives, policy-makers and other stakeholders – in short, individuals who together can make a difference.
The participants are selected from five identified key sectors; finance, business, society, care and research. By teaming up with the leading expertise from different parts of the global society, Dementia Forum X has the capacity to create a joint understanding of the global effects of dementia. Furthermore, Dementia Forum X will be an accelerator for creativity, new initiatives and sustainable actions towards a better tomorrow.
Dementia Forum X also enables interaction and communication with a broader audience through our corresponding global digital platform dementiaforum.org.
Dementia Forum X is a biannual meeting that will take place again on the 18th
of May 2017 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The purpose of each consecutive meeting is to follow up on the conclusions from the previous meeting. In the two years that pass between the actual meetings a smaller group of partners and key stakeholders met and worked to implement, evaluate and fine tune goals and possibilities that previously had been identified – with the purpose of leaving no stone unturned or no possibilities untapped.
In addition to this, new goals will be set, new challenges identified and actions prompted – all with the purpose of taking one more step to a dementia free global society. At the present time Dementia Forum X 2017 is being planned and developed, with the purpose of making it as comprehensive as possible.
Keep an eye open for the invites!
The DFx Team, Stockholm May of 2017.