An international conference on the Alzheimer's disease including 5,000 participants will convene in Washington from July 9 to 18.
The World Alzheimer Congress 2000 aims to "share knowledge and identify strategies for eliminating the threat of Alzheimer's Disease to today's citizens and future generations," according to Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI).
"As the world welcomes a new century, it also faces the reality that more than 34 million people worldwide will develop Alzheimer's by 2025," ADI declared.
The conference, organized by the Alzheimer Association (USA), Alzheimer's Disease International and the Alzheimer Society of Canada will mark "the first time that researchers, physicians, care providers, and other Alzheimer specialists have come together for the vital purpose of improving the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's disease".
Neurodegenerative dementia, which affects people of more than 65 years of age, is prevalent mainly in industrialized countries where life expectancy is high. In the United States, an estimated four million people are affected.
No cure currently exists for Alzheimer's disease, which causes a progressive degeneration of mental functions such as memory, logic and language. Victims live an average of eight years after diagnosis.
The conference aims to improve understanding between research and treatment, and the social consequences of the disease. Participants of the congress include researchers and doctors, medical aids, psychologists, social workers, and families of patients – AFP.
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