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The WHO's focus on dementia

July 2, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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The WHO Global Action Plan focuses on the public health's response to dementia, and outlines ways in which governments can address the health and social aspects of the condition.

According to News-Medical, tt asks questions such as; How can we create a society which is nurturing and supporting of people with dementia? And, how do our healthcare systems change and adapt to ensure that we're caring for and supporting people with dementia appropriately? Also, how can we all work towards progressing research so that we can develop not just new treatments, but new methods of care too?

The plan aimed to prompt low to middle income countries to develop a plan to address dementia. Seven priorities were established by the WHO, each including a set of high-level targets for countries to aim for.

Dementia as a public health priority is the first one. Seventy-five percent of 194 member countries are expected to, or have already developed, a national plan or policy or strategy to tackle dementia by 2025.

The second priority is dementia awareness and friendliness. 100 percent of countries are expected to have least one functioning public awareness campaign focused on and fostering a dementia-inclusive society by 2025.

Dementia risk reduction is the third, which involves acknowledging that by making adjustments to our lifestyle we can reduce the risk of dementia. Research published in the Lancet in 2016 showed that around 30 percent of cases of Alzheimer's disease could be prevented through lifestyle changes. The plans aim to raise awareness of risk reduction and recommend ways for people to potentially mitigate their risk.

For the full list of priorities, visit News-Medical.