Taiwan commits to developing Action Plan on dementia

25 August 2017 - The Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), Glenn Rees, and a delegation from Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association, led by TADA President Dr Te-Jen Lai and including Mrs Su, a person with dementia, met with the President Tsai Ing-Wen. The President said that Taiwan was committed to prepare a new Dementia Plan by the end of 2017 responding to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global plan of action on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

In her introductory remarks, the President spoke movingly about the issues that need to be tackled. She cited the statistic that Taiwan currently has over 260,000 cases of dementia, and this number is expected to increase by 10,000 each year.

Above: the Delegation with the President and Health and Social Affairs officers.

Subsequently, Glenn addressed a Conference organised by TADA with support from the Taiwanese Government. He spoke about the implementation of the Global plan. He also met with the Control Yuan, a body that supervises government and human rights to discuss their investigation into deficits in dementia prevention, intervention and care, and dementia friendly communities.

Above: President Tsai Ing-wen and Mrs Su, a person who is living with dementia.

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