Philanthropist Chuck Feeney invests $177 billion in fighting dementia through the charitable organization The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Aged 84, Charles F. Chuck Feeney is the cofounder of Duty Free Shoppers, operating globally. Better yet, he is known as a philanthropist who has dedicated his life to aiding worthwhile causes and donating his entire fortune to them by the time he passes away.
In a resounding announcement, his charitable organization The Atlantic Philanthropies is giving $177 billion to the University of California at San Francisco in partnership with the Trinity College in Dublin with the purpose of setting up a Global Brain Health Institute. In addition, the 15-year-spanning program would train 600 specialists dealing with the pressing issue of dementia.
Global aging is a reality. With more people affected by dementia yearly and public health costs spiking due to this issue, the 600 specialists will be a welcome and momentous addition to all sectors. Training these people in becoming effective advocates for the fight against dementia will not focus on medical professionals exclusively.
Spanning areas like communication, public policy, health care, and others should become a blueprint for other such programs intended to face the stemming dementia epidemic. Christopher G. Oechsli, the CEO and president of The Atlantic Philanthropies stated:
“Our goal is to create a generation of leaders around the world who have the knowledge, skills and drove to change both the practice of dementia care and the public health and societal forces that affect brain health”.
Philanthropist Chuck Feeney invests $177 billion in fighting dementia. And while a large chunk of this sum is aimed at establishing the Global Brain Health Institute, another chunk is devoted to the training of specialists from other areas that have been studied to prevent and diminish the risk of developing dementia.
Take active and constant exercising as an example, in addition to engaging in arts. Music, the effect of music, art, painting and other activities play an important role in keeping cognitive functions in good shape.
Approximately 47 million people worldwide are affected by a form of dementia. In the U.S. alone, the annual costs of caregiving and healthcare related to dementia are estimated at $226 billion. By 2050, it is estimated that globally, the number of those affected by dementia will triple.
With no cut-through medical treatment available, all other options that could improve quality of life leading to a lower incidence of dementia are worth exploring. Thus, the program to be developed by the University of California at San Francisco and the Trinity College in Dublin aims at providing lifestyle changes that could powerfully impact the rise of dementia.
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