Dementia plans

Alzheimer's Disease International supports the creation of high-level plans to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia worldwide. 32 countries and territories have adopted a plan on dementia, including 27 WHO Member States.

You can also view ADI reports on national plan development, including our new publication, From plan to impact: Progress towards the targets of the Global plan on dementia, that contains information on the number of plans adopted or in development on the 1st anniversary fo the adoption of the Global plan in 2017.

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.

These pages explain why this plan is important and the steps governments should take to support it.

Towards a dementia plan: A WHO guide 

In June 2018, WHO published a new report that contains technical guidance and recommendations for Member States to develop national plans on dementia. The first target of the Global plan urges 146 countries (75% of Member States) to develop a plan 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 dementia 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 and other dementia plans

In many countries, sub-national or other 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. TADA Chinese Taipei and Macau SAR are listed under 'other'.

Australia (National plan 2015-2019)

Belgium

Germany

Switzerland (National plan 2014-2019)

UK

USA

Other

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.

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

From plan to impact: Progress towards targets of the Global plan on dementia

This report provides an overview of global developments in response to the adoption of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025. The report was launched on the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the plan at the 71st World Health Assembly, and  contains an update on the number of plans on dementia adopted and in development at the national level.

 

Towards a dementia plan: A WHO guide 

In June 2018, WHO published a new report that contains technical guidance and recommendations for Member States to develop national plans on dementia. The first target of the Global plan urges 146 countries (75% of Member States) to develop a plan by 2025.

 

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.
 



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.