The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) released the latest Risk Reduction Guidelines for Alzheimer’s at today’s Dementia Forum X.
WHO confirmed the cutting-edge research showing that up to one-half of all Alzheimer’s disease can be postponed, reduced or even prevented! The guidelines support recent research studies which show that making simple lifestyle choices such as greater attention to diet, exercise, cognitive training; vascular and metabolic risk management can greatly reduce cognitive decline.
Chuck Stetson, head of the Stetson Family Office (SFO) and Founder of the Healthcare Impact Foundation (HCIF), is dedicated to the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other chronic disease as well as the need to bring spiraling healthcare costs under control.
SFO/HCIF has partnered with The Global Partnerships Forum (GPF) to create the Global Better Health at Lower Costs Campaign (GlobalBetterHealth.org) dedicated to promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development #3, a health goal to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for ALL ages!” SFO/HCIF and GPF have begun to build a coalition of governments, corporations, foundations and Family Offices bringing together leaders from across sectors to address the global challenges of Better Health at Lower Cost.
Stetson stated, “We applaud the World Health Organization for their path-breaking research on preventing Alzheimer’s. This is a critical issue and it’s essential that everyone become aware of the lifestyle steps that they can take to prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The Global Better Health at Lower Costs campaign will focus globally on the prevention of chronic diseases; advocacy of healthy living choices; and training of our global health community. Studies have proven that preventive medicine is the only way to get soaring healthcare costs under control. We have the power to turnaround this self-imposed crisis and take control of our health.”
Navid Hanif, Director, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, United Nations says, “The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development cannot be achieved by one government or a single institution, it requires the active engagement of business and civil society. We welcome efforts to mobilize people from across sectors to find solutions that can lead to healthier societies – better health at lower costs will go a long way in addressing the inequalities.”
By the numbers:
- Alzheimer’s Disease today kills more people than breast cancer or prostate cancer combined.
- The number of people living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is estimated at 50 million, set to almost double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.
- The global cost of dementia was estimated in 2018 at US $1 trillion and this is set to double by 2030.
- In the United States alone, the cost to government which excludes the substantial family care costs, is $279 billioncurrently and is estimated to grow to $1.1 trillion by 2050.
Miia Kivipelto, PhD, lead researcher in the FINGER study and the World Wide FINGERS Initiative, which is considered to be the baseline for demonstrating that lifestyle intervention of nutritional guidance, exercise, cognitive training and management of vascular risk could greatly prevent or postpone cognitive decline says that, “at least 30% of Alzheimer’s disease is related to factors that can be influenced, including blood pressure, depression, education and physical activity. With no Alzheimer’s disease drug trial yet proving successful we need to turn to these preventable measures which have proven beneficial even in people with genetic susceptibility for dementia.”
The healthcare and caretaker costs associated with Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases are enormous, unsustainable and capable of crippling the future economies of entire countries. Government agencies throughout the world need to understand the necessity of taking proactive steps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases for both the health of their people and the economic welfare for today and future generations.
Paola Barbarino, CEO, Alzheimer’s Disease International says, “We need governments globally to lead the way right now, with public health campaigns that work. Dementia hits at random and affects everyone. We should all take action, knowing that we can reduce our risks now.”
For additional information please visit GlobalBetterHealth.org.
A global voice for better health at lower cost, GlobalBetterHealth.org is the online platform for Healthcare Impact Foundation (HCIF), a non-profit 501(c)(3), run by Chuck Stetson, CEO of Stetson Family Office. The site and non-profit are dedicated to raising awareness of prevention measures that all can take to reduce the risk of the five chronic diseases: Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease.
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