Dementia plans

Alzheimer's Disease International supports the creation of high-level plans to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia worldwide. This page contains a list of plans adopted. You can also view ADI reports on national plan development, including our National Plans Bibliography (PDF, 2016).

Making dementia a public health priority

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 was adopted in May 2017, and includes seven targets for increased policy, awareness, prevention and diagnosis, research, care and treatment of dementia.

The first target, 'Dementia as a public health priority' urges that 75% of Member States (146 countries) must develop a tailored response to dementia by 2025.

Global Dementia Observatory

In 2017, the WHO Global Dementia Observatory was developed to monitor and review data on dementia, including reviewing the progress towards targets of the Global plan. Data from the GDO is available here.

National Alzheimer plans

Unlike international initiatives, these plans are capable of addressing the problem in a way tailored to the unique culture and demographics of each country. The WHO Global plan on dementia urges that governments should develop national policies on dementia by 2025. 

A comprehensive government plan to address the needs of people with dementia can provide a mechanism to consider a range of issues including promoting public awareness of dementia and improving the quality of health care, social care and long-term care support and services for people living with dementia and their families.

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 decentralising to their sub national units for health care and public health planning.

Australia (National plan 2015-2019)

Belgium

Germany

Switzerland (National plan 2014-2019)

UK

USA

Action in Europe

Alzheimer Europe and associations in Europe have achieved policy action in Europe. You can see a review of National dementia strategies and policies in Europe in the Alzheimer Europe European Dementia Monitor (2017).

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.

What is the difference between a 'National Dementia Strategy' and a 'National Governmental Plan'?

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

National Alzheimer Strategies

Non-governental dementia strategies

Non-governmental strategies are 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.

Reports

National Dementia Action Plans: Examples for inspiration (2017) outlined key features and examples for the development of national plans on dementia, based on the implementation of existing plans in 20 countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global plan on dementia urges every government to develop policies that address the impact of dementia in a way tailored to the unique culture and demographics of the country.

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. 

Our 2013 report, ‘Improving Dementia Care Worldwide’ (PDF), reviewed existing national dementia plans from around the world, and put 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.
 

Small papers

In 2016 and 2017, 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.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful that funding to track the progress of national Alzheimer plans and provide the information on this website was provided by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.