Dementia: A Public Health Priority – WHO and Alzheimer’s Disease International – 11 April 2012

Posted on April 11, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Dementia: A Public Health Priority – WHO and Alzheimer’s Disease International – 11 April 2012

Full text of the report    ISBN 978 92 4 156445 8

“New Report Calls on Nations to Recognise Dementia as a Public Health Crisis

A report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) issues a strong call for action to governments, policymakers and other stakeholders to make dementia a global public health priority.

This new report provides the most authoritative overview of the impact of dementia worldwide. In addition to valuable best practices and practical case studies from around the world, it contains the most comprehensive collection of data, including hard-to-get statistics from low- and middle-income countries, thereby dramatically underscoring that this is truly a global problem and not just a “disease of the industrial world.”

The incidence of dementia is exploding in line with the rapid growth in ageing populations worldwide, the most profound socio-economic phenomenon of this century. The number of people living with dementia worldwide, estimated at 35.6 million in 2010, is set to nearly double every 20 years, reaching 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.”

… continues on the site

Other links

WHO Media Centre – Dementia Fact Sheet No 362 April 2012

WHO – 10 facts on dementia – April 2012

SeniorAU.com.au media release – 10 April 2012

Alzheimer Europe

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Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 23 February 2012

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 23 February 2012

“National Alzheimer’s Project Act

On January 4, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), requiring the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the National Alzheimer’s Project to:

Create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease
Coordinate Alzheimer’s disease research and services across all federal agencies
Accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease
Improve early diagnosis and coordination of care and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Improve outcomes for ethnic and racial minority populations that are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Coordinate with international bodies to fight Alzheimer’s globally.

The law also establishes the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services and requires the Secretary of HHS, in collaboration with the Advisory Council, to create and maintain a national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

NAPA offers a historic opportunity to address the many challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Given the great demographic shifts that will occur over the next 30 years, including the doubling of the population of older adults, the success of this effort is of great importance to people with AD and their family members, public policy makers, and health and social service providers.”

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Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Guideline Validation: Exploration of Next Steps – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 16 February 201

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Guideline Validation: Exploration of Next Steps – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 16 February 2012

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“The diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease most widely used today were proposed more than 25 years ago. At the time, there was a sense that Alzheimer’s disease was a binary condition. However, scientific advances over the last decade now indicate that Alzheimer’s is a continuous, progressive cognitive disease, most likely beginning asymptomatically many years before dementia is apparent. To reflect this change, revisions to the diagnostic guidelines were proposed in 2007 by the International Working Group and in 2011 by working groups convened by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.

On July 18, 2011, the IOM Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted a public workshop session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The session brought together stakeholders to discuss next steps in the validation of these new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own homes – Alzheimer’s Society – January 2011

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own homes – Alzheimer’s Society – January 2011

“There are 750,000 people with dementia living in the UK and two thirds of people with dementia live in the community. Alzheimer’s Society’s Support. Stay. Save. report reveals many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. Part of the Society’s ongoing putting care right campaign, Support. Stay. Save presents findings from over 2,400 people with dementia, carers and home care workers.

What are the headline findings of the report?

Support. Stay. Save found that people with dementia and carers greatly value living in their own home and being able to play a part in the community and want services to enable them to meet these aspirations. However, many are not receiving sufficient support and care for this to be a reality.

Half of those who responded to Alzheimer’s Society survey said that people with dementia and their carers living at home do not receive adequate support to meet their needs. This lack of support not only leads to admission to hospital and early entry into care homes, but also risks leaving hundreds of thousands of unpaid carers at risk of stress, depression and other serious illnesses.

Separate analysis on Support. Stay. Save suggests that as many as 50,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK may end up going into care homes early because of insufficient support in the community. For each month these people can be supported at home, rather than in care, the state will save £70 million in care home bills.”  … continues

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World Alzheimer Report 2010

Posted on September 22, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Economics | Tags: |

World Alzheimer Report 2010 

“The World Alzheimer Report 2010 provides the clearest, most comprehensive global picture yet of the economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The report includes an estimate of the worldwide cost of dementia, including direct medical costs, direct non-medical costs and costs of informal (family) care. The estimates are broken down by world region and include analysis of the differences between low and high income countries. The report also contains important policy recommendations and makes clear to key decision-makers that doing nothing is not an option.”

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Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline – [US] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – April 2010

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Evidence Based Practice | Tags: , |

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline – [US] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – April 2010

Prepared for: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Prepared by: Duke Evidence-based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolina
AHRQ Publication No. 10-E005

Suggested Citation:
Williams JW, Plassman BL, Burke J, Holsinger T, Benjamin S. Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 193. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. HHSA 290-2007-10066-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 10-E005. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2010.

“Objectives: To assess whether previous research on purported risk or protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cognitive decline is of sufficient strength to warrant specific recommendations for behavioral, lifestyle, or pharmaceutical interventions/modifications targeted to these endpoints.”

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Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society – January 2010

Posted on January 8, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society is the report released by the Alzheimer Society to mark Alzheimer Awareness Month. It reveals alarming new statistics about the projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada.

“It is a ground-breaking research study conducted by the Alzheimer Society in conjunction with RiskAnalytica, a leading firm in risk management. The data in Rising Tide were determined through RiskAnalytica’s specialized Life at Risk® evaluation framework, combined with the Alzheimer Society’s extensive network of leading researchers and clinicians.

Note: Rising Tide was undertaken in order to alert the Canadian public and federal, provincial and territorial politicians of the need for policies and approaches to address the looming dementia crisis. In the reports, you will find four suggested interventions. They are not meant to be definitive but to serve as illustrations of how the base case can be used to inform and shape policy in this field. The 5 recommendations in the report were developed through a comprehensive process of consultations with subject experts and stakeholders. The underlying message is that we must act now and that change is possible.”

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