The “Edinburgh Consensus” published today makes some important points of considerable importance to the identity of the dementia within services and research. I’m left wondering what further has been achieved since the Scottish Declaration of 2014, when I attended the International conference hosted by Alzheimer’s Europe.
But in the words of the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, nothing has actually changed. The string of failures in finding reliable biomarkers continues to get longer, and even the Alzheimer’s Association this year had immense difficulty in promoting the latest phase III success story – because there wasn’t one. It was left up to the Lancet Commission on dementia to demonstrate that progress was being made.
Nonetheless, the paper, although it could have been written without much difference a few years ago, I thought, raised some questions which are as important now as they ever have been.
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