Celebrating International Day of Families: “Leaving No One Behind in an Ageing World”

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Celebrating International Day of Families: “Leaving No One Behind in an Ageing World”
Author: The DAI Admin Team
Published: Monday, May 15th 2023

May 15th marks the UN International Day of Families, an important day for DAI because most families have experienced someone living with dementia. The theme for 2023 is ‘Demographic Trends and Families’.

It’s clear that demographic trends are more relevant than ever, with diagnoses of dementia on the rise. One study found that, “the number of people with dementia would increase from 57·4 million cases globally in 2019 to 152·8 million cases in 2050,” (Nichols et al, 2019). As this number increases, more families will be impacted by the disease, so it’s important to remember how demographic trends impact people living with dementia. 

It is wonderful, therefore, to see the presentation of the World Social Report 2023 “Leaving No One Behind in an Ageing World” on the agenda for this year’s activities. According to Alzheimer’s Society (2021), “The biggest risk factor for dementia is ageing.” This does not mean that dementia is a normal part of aging, but rather there is a higher likelihood of developing it as we get older. 

The World Social Report 2023 explores the social and economic challenges and opportunities of population ageing. It builds on the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to create fair and inclusive societies for all ages. 

It also emphasizes that population ageing and responsive policies can uphold the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring that no one is left behind. By addressing today's inequalities and capitalizing on the opportunities of population ageing, we benefit future generations.

You can read the full report here.

On this International Day of Families, it’s important to acknowledge how changing demographic data reflects a unique impact on people living with dementia and their families. By promoting inclusivity and cognitive diversity, we strive to create a world where people with dementia can live with dignity and continue to contribute to their communities. Together at DAI, let us advocate for an inclusive and proactive approach to policy work. 

Become a member today, and let’s work towards a future where people living with dementia and their families can truly thrive. 

Happy International Day of Families for 2023!




References:

Alzheimer’s Society 2021, What can increase a person's risk of dementia?, Alzheimer’s Society, Accessed 8 May 2023, </about-dementia/risk-factors-and-prevention/what-can-increase-persons-risk-of-dementia>.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2023, World Social Report 2023 : Leaving No One Behind in an Aging World, United Nations, Accessed 8 May 2023, </publications/world-social-report-2023-leaving-no-one-behind-ageing-world>. 

Nichols, E, Steinmetz, JD, Vollset, SE, Abd-Allah, F, Abdoli, A, Abu-Gharbieh, E, … Arabloo, J 2022, ‘Estimation of the global prevalence of dementia in 2019 and forecasted prevalence in 2050: an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019’, The Lancet. Public Health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. e105–e125.

United Nations 2023, International Day of Families 15 May, The United Nations, Accessed 8 May 2023, </en/observances/international-day-of-families>. 



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