Dementia plans

Alzheimer's Disease International supports the creation of high-level plans to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia worldwide.

WHO Global plan on dementia

The Global plan was adopted at the 70th Session of the World Health Assembly in May 2017.

The plan follows the first regional plan on dementia in the Americas, adopted by the The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in October 2015 and contains seven targets for increased policy, awareness, prevention and diagnosis, research, care and treatment of dementia.

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.

A comprehensive government plan to address the needs of people with dementia can provide a mechanism to consider collectively 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.

The links below will take you to the plan document or a page about the plan, including where possible some analysis by ADI, and any available reports on the plan implementation.

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.

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

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.

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.

Reports

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 also produced a National Plans Bibliography (PDF) in 2016, 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.

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.