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Actions that aim to: provide national, regional or global coordination and leadership in strategically tackling dementia challenges. Including but not limited to:

  • Facilitating collaboration between developing nations and non-developing nations.
  • National or multinational plans or strategies for dementia challenges.
COMMITMENTS
Country / Organisation Pledge
Australia National Dementia Plan
Austria Austrian Dementia Report 2014
The Austrian Dementia Report 2014 shall serve as basis for the development of an Austrian National Dementia Strategy. The objective of the report is to describe epidemiological aspects, the current situation concerning medical care, nursing care and support as well as specific challenges that are related to dementia.
Belgium National Dementia Plan
Costa Rica National Dementia Plan
Cuba National Dementia Plan
The development of postgraduate studies (short courses, Post Graduate Diplomas and an MSc in Dementia) to increase capacity building and research in Cuba and Latin America.
Czech Republic The Alzheimer’s Plan, Czech Republic
Adopting a National Strategic Document. The P-PA-IA strategy was created with the Czech Alzheimer’s Society (CALS). In 2006 CALs published its P-PA-IA strategy, focusing on care and support for people suffering from dementia. The strategy has been developed according to the needs of patients in different stages of dementia. This strategy draws upon discussions between professionals and informal caregivers in CALS; it has also been developed in collaboration with organisations interested in the care of disadvantaged and frail groups of people. The strategy was also discussed at an international level with Alzheimer’s Europe and the international ELTECA (Exchange of Experience in Long-term Care) advisory board.
Finland The National Dementia Programme
The National Dementia Programme which also includes the Finnish road map how to integrate dementia into public health and prevention planning and national development plans and policies can be delivered in the conference.
Flanders National Dementia Plan
France Plan for Neurodegenerative Disorders
The French plan for neurodegenerative disorders will cover research, care, prevention. The research part of the plan will encourage the use of existing large population cohorts to identify risk factors for neurodegenerative disorders including dementia. Cohorts of patients will also facilitate identifying the factors involved in the evolution of the disease; and link this with the identification of biomarkers.
Germany Alliance for People with Dementia
The “Alliance for People with Dementia” (Allianz für Menschen mit Demenz) is an initiative of the German Federal Government and is part of the Demographic Strategy. At the inaugural meeting on 19 September 2012, on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, the partners adopted a joint declaration, on which basis this agenda was elaborated with specific resolutions and measures. In September 2014 the German Dementia Alliance launched “together for people with dementia” laying the foundation for a national dementia strategy. The members of the Alliance have set as their goal the establishment of a network at federal level that will help to ensure that persons with dementia and their relatives can live as good a life as possible within our society. The Alliance operates under the joint co-ordination of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry of Health. It brings together public agencies and civil society organisations, including self-help groups, who work to support people with dementia on a federal, state and municipal level, and pools the forces of all responsible stakeholders.
The Alliance will present a first progress report in Spring 2016.
Greece National Dementia Action Plan
The Greek Minister of Health assigned a working group to develop a National Dementia Action Plan in October 2013. The working group consisted of specialised doctors and other health professionals, caregivers, lawyers, health economists and members of the Alzheimer Associations. In September 2014, after a consultation period the group presented the final draft of the strategy to the Ministry of Health.The Dementia Observatory
In December 2014 the Greek Parliament enacted a law to ensure the implementation of the strategy. This law, supported by the entire Greek political spectrum, authorises the establishment of an independent strategic public institution: the National Observatory for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The Observatory will act under the guiding principles of respect, support and promotion of patients’ rights and will fulfil the following objectives:
Ensure the implementation and subsequent updates of the National Action Plan; provide official guidance to the Parliament, the Ministry of Health and other public authorities on legislative and policy measures related to dementia; coordinate and promote the work of public and nongovernmental agents and associations, in order to ensure efficient services to patients and their caregivers; provide specific guidance for organising and promoting the national policy in research and education.The Observatory has an interdisciplinary profile, engaging health professionals, scientists, caregivers and other members with specific expertise. Their five-year mandate will be renewable once and its operation may not be affected by governmental changes.
Indonesia National Plan to control Alzheimer’s and other Dementia. This document outlines collaboration and integrated action between government, private sector and development partners, and other stakeholders, to reduce Alzheimer’s and other Dementia.
Ireland The Irish National Dementia Strategy launched in December 2014.
Israel National Dementia Plan
Italy National Dementia Plan
Japan National Dementia Plan
Luxembourg National Dementia Plan
Malta National Dementia Strategy
Malta will launch the dementia strategy entitled ‘Empowering change: A National Dementia Strategy for the Maltese Islands (2015-2023)’ which will focus on a number of intervention streams including awareness, timely diagnosis and intervention, workforce development and community/long-term dementia services. The overarching aim is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with dementia, their caregivers and family members.
Mexico National Dementia Plan.

Mexico is starting to participate in the development of a Latin American consortium for the systematic study of early onset dementias (EOD) as an example of collaboration between developing Nations (USA, University of Pennsylvania’s Front temporal Degeneration Centre (PFTDC) and non-developing nations (3 Latin American centres) and we have worked in a similar collaboration in a Vascular dementia study .Both studies with the aim of building capacities in The Institute of Neurology in Mexico.

The Scottish Government National Dementia Plan
Sweden National guidelines for Care in cases of Dementia
Knowledge based set of recommendations with the main purpose to supply leaders with information for organising of good quality care for persons with dementia.
Switzerland National Dementia Plan
United Kingdom National Dementia Plan
United States National Dementia Plan
Age International Age International and Age UK, HelpAge International, Alzheimer’s Disease International and the 10/66 research network have come together to develop a culturally and socially appropriate response to dementia in developing countries.
Alzheimer’s Association Facilitate collaboration between nations, convene research funders regularly for information sharing and to identify opportunities for collaboration between countries.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) ADI review of global prevalence, incidence and cost of dementia – World Alzheimer Report by September 2015.
Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Alzheimer’s Research UK has committed to raise at least £100m over the next 5 years with targeted investment organised across three core components: People and Partnerships, Innovation and Translation.
Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)
The National Dementia Action Alliance brings together health and social care organisations across England to commit to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Organisations sign up to the National Dementia Declaration, a radical visions which treats the person with dementia as a whole person, and produce action plans setting out how they will deliver it through their work. The national DAA has grown from 41 initial signatories to over 160 and runs regular events and webinars.
Central American Multidisciplinary Confederation of Alzheimer’s (COMCAEDA) The development of proposals and Alzheimer’s plans for Central America and Caribbean countries.
The European Commission Individual countries and European Commission developing academic and industry collaborations
The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease Novel Financing Mechanisms for Alzheimer’s disease
Increase Alzheimer’s funding by urging increased public funding of basic research and by developing innovative financial mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease discovery, drug development and infrastructure, as well as care delivery. A focus of this work will be to launch in 2015 the funding vehicles that have emerged from our 2014 closed door, high level meetings.
Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Relative Disorders Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
In collaboration with state officials-Prefecture of Central Macedonia, Ministry representatives, Hospital directors, Church authorities and other related organizations is the umbrella of Prefecture of Central Macedonia. Every organization will offer the best service in order every patient and his or her caregiver has the necessary education, training, care and support he/she needs. Contact details: President of the Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer ’s disease and Related Disorders, professor Mrs. Magda Tsolaki
Young Leaders Innovative Awareness
We will support a global awareness and education campaign on dementia themes put forth by the WDC and WHO. We will facilitate a global design competition for a universal “dementia-friendly” symbol to be placed on products and services intended to benefit persons with dementia and their caregivers. In conjunction with a symbol that transcends languages and borders, we will invite stakeholders in each region to refine the dementia-friendly concept with respect to culture, gender, resource availability, healthcare system, and other region-specific factors.
World Dementia Council The World Dementia Council passionately believe that the Council should remain part of the global dementia infrastructure and hopes very much to be involved in the development and implementation of the global dementia continuity plans.Our role would be to challenge, to push, to be demanding and unrelenting, calling on governments worldwide to do more, and work faster, to significantly and rapidly increase investments in dementia research for care, treatment and prevention. We can, and therefore should, continue to challenge and exert pressure on governments, as well as all the organisations and individuals who can make the breakthrough. We would also continue to push for improvements in diagnosis, care and support for those with dementia and for governments to take a risk reduction approach to the disease.

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