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Alzheimer's and dementia plans
Alzheimer's Disease International supports the creation of high-level governmental plans to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia worldwide. Unlike international initiatives, these plans are capable of addressing the problem using a system tailored to the unique culture and demographics of each country.
Government dementia plans can promote the creation of infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programmes for the growing number of people with the disease.
A comprehensive government plan to address the needs of people with dementia provides a mechanism to consider collectively a range of issues including:
- Promoting broad public awareness of Alzheimer’s and combating stigma
- Identifying dementia capable support services at all stages of the disease
- Quantifying the number of individuals with dementia
- Assessing and improving the quality of health care, social care and long-term care support and services
- Assessing availability and access to diagnostic services
- Public health efforts to conduct surveillance and promote brain health
The creation of national and local plans published to date has involved government agencies, legislators, residential and community care providers, professional and family carers, researchers and physicians, and people with dementia.
What is the difference between a 'National Dementia Strategy' and a 'National Governmental Plan'?
Many of these documents on this site carry the word “strategy” in their title, which causes confusion. ADI defines national dementia strategies as documents generated by private non-governmental groups (many times with governments participating) that can serve as the case statement to persuade governments to create a national or sub national governmental plan.
A government dementia plan is a policy; a national or sub-national government holding itself accountable for the accomplishment of specific objectives and policy changes, even if objectives are accomplished with non governmental collaborators.
In 2016, ADI undertook a review of existing national and sub-national dementia plans from around the world in relation to intellectual developmental disabilities and dementia, early detection and diagnosis, involvement of people with dementia and training. The resulting information has been transferred into a series of small papers that provide a detailed overview and comparison of the approaches taken by governments.
We have also produced a National Plans Bibliography (PDF), including references to papers discussing developing, implementing and review of national plans.
Our 2013 report, ‘Improving Dementia Care Worldwide’ (PDF), reviews existing national dementia plans from around the world, and puts forward recommendations for governments on what a best practice plan should include and how it should be developed and implemented. The report was commissioned by ADI and Bupa, and written by Prof Anne Margriet Pot and Dr Ionela Petrea from the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (Trimbos-institute). The report is also available in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
The World Alzheimer Report 2016, Improving healthcare for people living with dementia: Coverage, quality and costs now and in the future, also contains research evidence on the elements of healthcare for people with dementia, and, using economic modelling, suggests how it should be improved and made more efficient.
An earlier overview, published in April 2012, is available in National Alzheimer and Dementia Plans Planned Policies and Activities (PDF).
National Alzheimer plans
The links below will bring you to a page about each country's plan, including where possible some analysis by ADI, and any available reports on the plan implementation.
- Argentina - National Strategic Plan for a Healthy Brain 2016-2019
- Australia - National Framework for Action on Dementia 2015-2019
- Costa Rica - National Plan
- Cuba - National Dementia Strategy 2013 (unofficial translation here)
- Czech Republic - National Plan
- England - Living well with dementia: a National Dementia Strategy
- Finland - National Memory Plan 2012-2020
- France - National plan for "Alzheimer and related diseases" 2008-2012
- Greece - National Dementia Strategy (unofficial summary here)
- Indonesia - National Dementia Strategy
- Ireland - National Dementia Strategy 2011-2016
- Israel - National program for Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Types of Dementia
- Italy - National Dementia Strategy 2014 (unnoficial translation here)
- Japan - Orange Plan 2015 (Original Plan 2012-2015 summarised here)
- Republic of Korea - Dementia strategy Korea
- Luxembourg - National Dementia Action Plan (unofficial translation here)
- Macau SAR - Governmental Policy on Dementia (awaiting translation)
- Malta - Empowering Change
- Mexico - Plan de Acción Alzheimer Y otras Demencias (unofficial translation here)
- Netherlands - National Dementia Programme
- Norway - Dementia Plan 2015
- Northern Ireland - Improving Dementia Services
- Puerto Rico - National Dementia Strategy 2015-2025 (English Summary here)
- Scotland - National Dementia Strategy
- Slovenia - National Plan (awaiting translation)
- Switzerland - National Dementia Strategy (unofficial translation here)
- Taiwan - Dementia Policy
- USA - National Alzheimer's Plan
- Wales - National Dementia Vision
National Alzheimer Strategies
- Bulgaria - National Plan (unofficial translation here)
- Denmark - National Dementia Action Plan
- Portugal - Proposed National Dementia Strategy (Portuguese)
- Spain - National Dementia Strategy (unoffficial transaltion here)
- Uruguay (unofficial translation here)
Sub-national Alzheimer plans
In many countries, sub-national plans by region, province, state or canton are also in development because they are the most appropriate level of government to plan strategically to meet the growing impact, especially as many national governments are increasingly decentralizing to their sub national units for health care and public health planning.
- Australia - New South Wales
- Australia - Queensland
- Australia - South Australia
- Australia - Victoria 2014-2018
- Germany - Bavaria (unofficial translation here)
- Germany - Saarland (unofficial translation here)
- Switzerland - Canton of Vaud
- USA State Plans
Non-governmental dementia strategies
National dementia strategies are documents generated by private non governmental groups that can serve as the case statement to persuade governments to create a national or sub national governmental plan.
- Canada - Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership: Strategic Objectives -
A collective vision for a national dementia strategy for Canada
- India - Dementia India Report
- New Zealand - Dementia: A Strategic Framework
- Switzerland - Strategie Suisse (in French)
- Uruguay - National Plan
Action in Europe
Alzheimer Europe and associations in Europe have achieved policy action in Europe.
Action in the Americas
The Pan-American Health Organisation published the first Regional Plan of Action on Dementia in October 2015.
The PAHO Regional Plan of Action on Dementia obliges countries to develop national dementia plans, including the promotion of risk reduction strategies through public health programmes, ensuring a rights-based approach to the provision of care and support for people living with dementia and better training for health professionals, as well as more funding for research.
Funding to track the progress of national Alzheimer plans and provide the information on this website was provided by the Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc.