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National Memory Programme

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National Memory Programme

The importance of making Finland a better place to live for people with dementia was recognised by the country’s government in 2012, with the launch of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s National Memory Programme 2012-2020. The aim of the initiative is to make Finland more memory-friendly using four guiding principles: promoting brain health; fostering a more open attitude towards brain health, treatment and rehabilitation; ensuring a good quality of life for people with dementia and their families; and increased research and education. The programme is being implemented through on-going legislative initiatives and other efforts.