Dementia: a public health priority
World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International -2012
Available online PDF [112p.] at: http://bit.ly/IA5zhJ
“……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…..”
Chapter 1 | Introduction
Chapter 2 | Epidemiology of dementia
Global prevalence of dementia
Global incidence of dementia
Mortality associated with dementia
Economic impact: the global societal cost of dementia
Etiology and potential for prevention
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
Chapter 5 | Dementia caregiving and caregivers
What do family caregivers do?
What are the motivations to care?
What are the consequences of caregiving?
Interventions for caregivers
Chapter 6 | Public understanding of dementia: from awareness to acceptance
Awareness and understanding of dementia
The impact of stigma
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
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