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CEAFA calls for the Spanish government to allocate a budget to national dementia strategy

Monday 02 November 2020

CEAFA, la Confederación Española de Alzheimer, has called for the government to approve a budget allocation for the country’s national dementia strategy, the Comprehensive Plan for Alzheimer's and other dementias (2019-2023), as part of the General State Budgets 2021, which are currently being developed. The strategy was approved by the Territorial Council of Social Services and the Interterritorial Council of the Spanish National Health Service in October 2019 and presented to the Council of Ministers in April of that year.

CEAFA highlights that 19.4% of the Spanish population is aged 65 or older and that society must adapt and establish a model of health and social care which is able to meet the demographic challenges and increasing numbers of people with dementia.There CEAFA is calling for the budget allocation to be sufficient to implement all the commitments within the national dementia strategy, in order to improve the lives of people with dementia. As part of this, they note that the average cost to a family of a person with dementia is EUR 31,000 per year, with a combined cost to families in Spain of about EUR 36 billion each year.

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