Aging committee dementia care report delivered to U.S. Congress

3 January 2013 - On 19 December in Washington, D.C. an official report on dementia diagnosis, treatment and long-term care options around the world was presented to U.S. Congress by Senate Special Committee on Aging.

The report, which contains a comparison of the approaches used in Australia, France, Japan, the UK and the USA, highlights efforts to coordinate research and early detection interventions. In compiling the report it was found that a global trend existed for keeping people with dementia in their own home for as long as possible, whilst developing more specialised environments for those who need a greater amount of care.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the committee’s ranking member, stated: 'My father had Alzheimer's, so I understand the emotional and financial difficulties facing families dealing with this devastating illness. I hope this report will help inform the debate in our country over how to provide the best care possible given the significant budgetary and health care challenges presented by increasing cases of Alzheimer’s.'

Since its inception, the Senate Special Committee on Aging has focused on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as critical public health problems. The committee has held a series of hearings on the disease and has heard testimony from prominent voices, such as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, on the importance of continued research, vigilance and appropriate care.

Read the Senate Special Committee on Aging's full report.