The World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Public Health and WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Ageing and Dementia convene in Qatar to speed up implementation of the Global Action Plan on Dementia. Over three days, more than 50 representatives from ministries of health , persons with lived experience, and civil society organizations, exchanged experiences and insights into country-specific needs, available resources, and key priority areas in relation to strengthening their national dementia response and monitoring its progress.
Last year, we lost Roger Marple – a dear friend, staunch supporter and founding member of the Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform Focus Group of people with lived experience of dementia. In 2020, Roger joined the GDO KE Focus Group and together with the other Focus Group Members contributed substantially to its success by co-designing a unique process that would allow people who are living with dementia to review and critically appraise resources that are submitted to the GDO KE Platform.
To build country capacity related to dementia within the WHO Regions of Africa, Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean, the Ministry of Public Health Qatar, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), organized a multi-regional and multi-sectoral dementia workshop, held in Doha, Qatar between 9 and 11 May 2022. The workshop provided an opportunity for cross-country and cross-regional exchanges on good practices and lessons learned in areas such as dementia policy, risk reduction, diagnosis, treatment, care and support, support for dementia carers, information systems for dementia, as well as dementia research and innovation.
Since the first days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine “Nezabutni”, a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting people with dementia and their relatives, has taken on the role of supporting people with dementia living in Ukraine. To ensure people living with dementia and their relatives continue to be supported during this difficult time, Nezabutni has delivered medication to people living with dementia, provided free online support for families, and assisted individuals that have fled the country.
To exchange lessons learned and achievements to date and to allow Member States and territories of the Americas to better understand how the global dementia action plan can be implemented in their country, a regional workshop was held by PAHO on 18 November 2021. The virtual workshop presented a great opportunity to learn about ongoing activities in the Region of the Americas and represents an important step to plan future actions at the national level.
Para compartir lecciones aprendidas y logros hasta la fecha, y para permitir que los Estados Miembros y miembros de nuestra Región entiendan como se puede implementar el plan de acción mundial en sus países, el 18 de Noviembre del 2021 OPS auspició un taller regional. El taller virtual presento una grande oportunidad para intercambiar información sobre actividades en curso y futuras en nuestra Región y representa un paso importante para planificar acciones futuras al nivel nacional.
Com o objetivo de compartilhar aprendizados e apoiar Estados Membros e territórios das Américas a entender melhor como implementar o plano de ação global em seus países, a OPAS organizou um workshop regional no dia 18 de Novembro de 2021. O workshop virtual constituiu uma ótima oportunidade para se informar sobre atividades em curso na Região das Américas e representa um passo importante para o planejamento de ações a nível nacional.
People with dementia admitted to hospital care are at greater risk of complications. Several studies have shown increased morbidity, mortality and functional decline during hospitalization in patients with dementia. With the aim of developing concepts for dementia-friendly hospital care in a Danish setting, we refined and tested a range of interventions within a two-year period.
ATMENA aims to support people living with dementia, their carers in their daily lives, to help them to live healthier and full of potential lives as long as possible.
One of the goals of the Austrian dementia strategy is to integrate people with dementia into our society and enable them to participate in public life. Police officers as a professional group in public places are strongly challenged here, as they are often the first point of contact for people with dementia and their families in crisis situations.
To make Singapore a dementia-friendly nation, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), with the support of Ministry of Health (MOH), partners key community stakeholders, to set up Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFCs) in various neighbourhoods across Singapore.
Exercise is key to maintaining functional abilities of persons living with dementia, with additional benefits to mental and social well-being. Current dementia-specific exercise programs are insufficient to meet the diverse needs of persons living with dementia. The overarching aim of the DICE project is to improve the number and quality of exercise opportunities accessible to persons living with dementia.
Dementia is emerging as one of the most common age-related diseases. The difficulty in being a caregiver of a person with dementia is that the person’s behaviors undermine all the basic, social, and interactional conduct. New technologies based on the use of ICT technologies are being considered to improve communication skills and reduce associated stress both for people with dementia and for caregivers
Dementia: Understand Together (UT) is the second phase of a national awareness campaign running in Ireland to increase understanding of dementia among the general public. The programme is led by the Health Service Executive’s National Dementia Office, Health and Wellbeing and Communications teams, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Age Friendly Cities and Counties.
Finnish population is ageing, and the number of people suffering from memory disorders is increasing. Approximately 200,000 people have some form of cognitive decline and approximately 14,500 new cases of memory disorders are diagnosed each year. In order to meet the increasing demand for services and costs, we need action to promote brain health, to prevent memory disorders and to identify memory problems as early as possible.
In response to the growing challenge that dementia is posing on the Maltese society at large, in 2015 Malta launched its first national dementia plan entitled Empowering Change: A National Strategy for Dementia in the Maltese Islands (2015-2023) with the objective of enhancing the quality of life of individuals with dementia, their caregivers and family members. Among the various interventions streams highlighted in the strategy document, community-based dementia management, care and support was considered a priority that needed urgent attention.
Public organizations need to provide good health information to support citizens and improve their health literacy when living with cognitive impairment. Libraries are educational facilities that provide information and offer space and possibilities to meet for people of all ages.