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Denmark launches new national action plan on dementia

Monday 26 September 2016

On 26 September, Sophie Løhde, Minister for Health and the Elderly, officially launched Denmark’s new national action plan on dementia. The plan will run until 2020 with a budget of DKK 470 million (EUR 63 million) and has three main objectives:

1)    Make Denmark a dementia-friendly country, so that people with dementia and their carers can live a safe and dignified life.

2)    Develop person-centred treatment and care programmes, based on the needs and values of each individual, with a focus on prevention and early intervention.

3)    Provide support and encourage active involvement for family members and carers.

Most importantly, the aim of Denmark’s new national action plan on dementia is to make a real difference in the everyday life for all persons affected. Ms Løhde specifically cited the development of more care facilities, an increase in dementia diagnoses and a reduction in the use of antipsychotic medicines.

Alzheimerforeningen, the Danish Alzheimer association, has been actively involved in developing the new plan. Amongst other activities, the association hosted a series of meetings where persons living with dementia had the opportunity to directly address Ms Løhde and members of the national parliament. The participants specifically requested more support with transport and access to more meaningful daily activities – and both of these initiatives are included in the national action plan on dementia.