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People with dementia admitted to hospital care are at greater risk of complications. Several studies have shown increased morbidity, mortality and functional decline during hospitalization in patients with dementia. With the aim of developing concepts for dementia-friendly hospital care in a Danish setting, we refined and tested a range of interventions within a two-year period.
Persons living with dementia and family care partners want to improve their health, maintain independence, and enhance well-being. Habilitation strategies towards this goal are needed. The purpose of the DELIGHT project was to co-design a feasible, effective multi-domain program (the DELIGHT program) to meet the health and well-being goals of persons living with dementia and their family/friend care partners.
ATMENA aims to support people living with dementia, their carers in their daily lives, to help them to live healthier and full of potential lives as long as possible.
The Norwegian Dementia plan aims to promote the development of good, flexible and tailored municipal health and care services with focus on prevention, timely diagnosis, post-diagnostic follow-up, daily activity, housing and education. People with dementia and their families need information about dementia, support, and access to arenas where they can meet others in the same situation.
Working towards universal health and social care coverage for dementia is a powerful mechanism for achieving the well-being of people with dementia. In 2017, President Moon Jae-in announced strong policy commitment, “The National Dementia Initiative” to relieve the burden of patients with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers.
In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month (celebrated annually in September), and in recognition of the health burden that people with dementia face, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in partnership with Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), undertook a month-long regional dementia awareness and anti-stigma campaign initially planned for the month of September 2019. The Region of the Americas “Let’s Talk About Dementia” campaign aimed to get people talking more comfortably and openly about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by encouraging often-difficult first conversations about dementia.
NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai“ (SMP) is a pioneering arts for health organisation in Lithuania, aiming at promoting the well-being of various societal groups by making the arts more accessible. Our activities based on cross-sectorial partnerships include: arts projects (plays, exhibitions, performances and creative experiments), creative arts (participatory) workshop programmes, training and arts for health research and publishing.
One of the goals of the Austrian dementia strategy is to integrate people with dementia into our society and enable them to participate in public life. Police officers as a professional group in public places are strongly challenged here, as they are often the first point of contact for people with dementia and their families in crisis situations.
“Let’s Live Together” campaign during Alzheimer Disease days in Cinema House, Sofia (12-20 September 2018 and 1st October 2019) included screening of 4 feature and documentary movies for the general public. Attitudes and needs of attendees were explored. The need for more information about prevention and screening for mild cognitive impairment was shared.
To make Singapore a dementia-friendly nation, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), with the support of Ministry of Health (MOH), partners key community stakeholders, to set up Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFCs) in various neighbourhoods across Singapore.
Exercise is key to maintaining functional abilities of persons living with dementia, with additional benefits to mental and social well-being. Current dementia-specific exercise programs are insufficient to meet the diverse needs of persons living with dementia. The overarching aim of the DICE project is to improve the number and quality of exercise opportunities accessible to persons living with dementia.
Dementia is emerging as one of the most common age-related diseases. The difficulty in being a caregiver of a person with dementia is that the person’s behaviors undermine all the basic, social, and interactional conduct. New technologies based on the use of ICT technologies are being considered to improve communication skills and reduce associated stress both for people with dementia and for caregivers
GLOBAL - The mhGAP Community Toolkit is now available for field testing. Sections include an informational guide for programme managers and a practical manual for anyone wishing to promote and address mental health in their community.
Data on dementia and dementia care remain extremely limited and can hamper efforts to improve quality of care and outcomes. France is among the few countries which have developed a dedicated process to collect, store and share data on dementia.
Dementia: Understand Together (UT) is the second phase of a national awareness campaign running in Ireland to increase understanding of dementia among the general public. The programme is led by the Health Service Executive’s National Dementia Office, Health and Wellbeing and Communications teams, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Age Friendly Cities and Counties.
In looking at Dementia from the context of Guyana, our surveillance reports show, for 2017 that there is a prevalence 62 and incidence of 50; in 2018, the prevalence was 86 and the incidence was 45; in 2019, the prevalence was 89, with the incidence at 32.