Martina Anderson MEP joins Alzheimer’s CEO Roundtable in Europe
March 7, 2013
Speaking from Brussels Martina Anderson MEP pointed out that one person will be identified with Alzheimer’s in Europe every four seconds which presents a major challenge for the 21st Century to all European governments.
Addressing the Alzheimer's CEO Roundtable discussion in the European Parliament, Martina Anderson said:
“The rise in Alzheimer's disease is a global crisis and a major societal challenge for governments in the 21st century.
“An alarming statistic outlined at the meeting was that one person will be identified as suffering from the disease every 4 seconds.
“While there is a correlation between advancing age, people living longer and the rise in the incidence of Alzheimer’s, if it is left unchecked the current situation in Europe will reach epidemic proportions.Globally there are currently 36 million people with Alzheimer’s which is projected to triple by 2050.
“After Cancer it is the disease most feared, particularly by older people, although the onset of the disease is not confined to the older population. Having a mother diagnosed almost fourteen years ago my family and I can readily identify with those in a similar position and can only hope that our generation will find a cure for this debilitating disease
“The Alzheimer’s CEO Roundtable seeks to provide additional private sector collaboration to complement important efforts already underway in governments, patient groups, universities, and other communities and to catalyse new actions to accelerate the fight against Alzheimer’s. I am proud to be a member of this group which will bring a collaborative focus to the search for a cure.”