A cure for dementia could be found within 12 years, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister has said the agreement reached at the G8 summit on dementia meant the developed world was committed to “the aim of trying to find a cure or disease-altering therapy by 2025”.

David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt at G8 Dementia Summit

On Wednesday, David Cameron announced a doubling in UK funding for research into the disease. The pledge to combat dementia by 2025 could mean that people who are now in their thirties and forties will never experience the disease.  The G8 dementia summit concluded with international agreement to work together towards a cure.

It will also offer hope to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from the illness that a cure could be found within their lifetime. Mr Cameron said an agreement reached at the G8 summit on dementia was “very powerful” and that world leaders are now committed to “the aim of trying to find a cure or disease-altering therapy by 2025”.

It came after the Government this week announced a breakthrough brain scan that will allow doctors to rule out whether a patient has Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects around 500,000 people in the UK, accounting for 62% of dementia cases. Only 45% of people with dementia in the UK currently have a diagnosis.

This commitment to tackle a problem that effects so many hundreds of thousands people is a great news and although this will be a huge challenge and the cure may be a long way off this news will bring hope to many people and families, here at HomeCareDirect we look forward to hearing more on this in the years to come.