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P20. Malta Dementia Society

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P20. Malta Dementia Society

Scerri Charles

According to the latest estimates, the number of individuals with dementia in the Maltese islands currently exceeds 1.2 per cent of the local population. This figure is expected to rise significantly in the coming years reaching 3.6 per cent by the year 2060. This will invariably put greater demands on an already stretched national health care services leading to considerable socio-economic consequences.

In these last few years, there has been a growing consensus in Malta on the need to tackle dementia and to take action. In May of 2009, the Department of Health through its Parliamentary Secretariat for the Elderly and Community Care launched the National Dementia Strategy Group with the aim of devising a series of recommendations that would provide a strategic framework in order to deliver quality improvements in local dementia services and address any shortfalls in dementia care. Although these recommendations were presented in January of 2010, a national dementia plan has not yet been published to date even though a number of positive initiatives were adopted including the addition of dementia on Schedule V of the reformed Social Security Act of 2012 and a number of publications with the objective of raising awareness on dementia.

This session will present the various issues that need to be addressed in the local dementia plan in view of the recent appointment of a National Focus Point on Dementia with the aim of advising the authorities on measurements that need to be adopted in making dementia a national priority. The audience will openly discuss and give their views on various issues relating to increase in awareness, workforce development, enhanced training for informal carers and the provision of services required at community level.






Last Updated: Tuesday 05 November 2013


  • Acknowledgements

    The 23rd Alzheimer Europe Conference in St. Julian's, Malta received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme. Alzheimer Europe and the Malta Dementia Society gratefully acknowledge the additional support provided by foundations and companies.
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