Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[EQ] Dementia: a public health priority

Dementia: a public health priority

World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International -2012

Available online PDF [112p.] at:

 “……The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach and to advocate for action at international and national levels.

Dementia is a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday activities. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 35.6 million. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in most countries, resulting in stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacting caregivers, families and societies physically, psychologically and economically.

The report is expected to facilitate governments, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to address the impact of dementia as an increasing threat to global health. It is hoped that the report will promote dementia as a public health and social care priority worldwide…..”


Executive summary

Chapter 1 | Introduction

Chapter 2 | Epidemiology of dementia

Global prevalence of dementia

Dementia subtypes

Global incidence of dementia

Mortality associated with dementia

Economic impact: the global societal cost of dementia

Etiology and potential for prevention

Future trends

Chapter 3 | Dementia policy and plans, legislation and ethic al issues

Dementia policies, plans and strategies

Social and legal protection, human rights and ethics

Chapter 4 | Dementia health and social care systems and workforce

Health and social care systems

Care pathways for populations with specific needs

Workforce capacity-building

Chapter 5 | Dementia caregiving and caregivers

Who cares?

What do family caregivers do?

What are the motivations to care?

What are the consequences of caregiving?

Interventions for caregivers

Strengthening caregiving

Chapter 6 | Public understanding of dementia: from awareness to acceptance

Awareness and understanding of dementia

The impact of stigma

Awareness-raising campaigns

Developing a campaign

Raising awareness in the political sphere: the role of advocacy

Six stages of acceptance of dementia – a civil society perspective

Chapter 7 | The way forward

The need for action

The value of action

The framework for action

Key messages



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