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National Dementia Plans

Germany does not have a national dementia plan. The issues of dementia are addressed through various Ministries (Health, Family, Seniors, Research, Work and Social Affairs). The German Alzheimer Association, Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft, is campaigning to have a national plan, or at least a working group to liaise between the various ministries.

On 15 September 2014, the German Dementia Alliance launched an agenda to finally implement the foundation of a national dementia strategy.

"Together for People with Dementia " is the title of the agenda of the Allianz für Menschen mit Demenz (“Alliance for People with Dementia”), started by the German government in partnership with the German Alzheimer Association, Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft (DALZG).

On 15 September, the Alliance launched its agenda in Berlin, with signatures from the Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Manuela Schwesig and the Health Minister, Hermann Gröhe. Upon signing, the Ministers effectively sounded the starting pistol to implement the results of two years of work by the Alliance and have laid the foundation for a national dementia strategy.

Local authorities, health and nursing associations, scientists and civil society have all been engaged in intensive discussions to agree on concrete measures to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families, under the chairmanship of the Federal Ministries and the co-chairmanship of the DALZG.

By 2017, the Ministers aim to have more houses and centers for people with dementia as well as building local support networks. A first progress report is planned for spring 2016.

DALZG and Alzheimer Europe (AE) Chairperson, Heike von Lützau-Hohlbein welcomed the signing of the agenda for quick and decisive action. She stressed the importance of the involvement of varied sectors in this Alliance. Heike was particularly insistent that the DALZG will work to ensure that people with dementia are involved in the decisions that affect them and ensure that families are adequately supported. She also hopes for a swift and non-bureaucratic implementation of the agreed objectives even if the agenda contains no binding obligations. “We have no time to lose”, she urged.

AE Executive Director, Jean Georges also participated in the meeting and provided an overview of EU initiatives on dementia. He also called for greater German involvement in these initiatives and for support for the development of a European dementia strategy.



Last Updated: mardi 30 septembre 2014




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