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Norway holds open hearings on new dementia plan

Sunday 30 November 2014

The Norwegian government will develop a new plan to improve services for people with dementia and their carers: Dementia Plan 2020. People with dementia and their families will have a central role in the new plan and are invited to participate in open hearings.

The hearings are taking place in seven of the country`s largest cities throughout November and December. The first meeting was held in Oslo with Health Minister Bent Høie present. On the same occasion, the Minister also published a letter in the largest newspaper VG:

“We want to listen to stakeholders in their efforts to create a new dementia plan. We have listened too little to those with dementia and their careers… It is one of the reasons why our services are not sufficiently facilitated for these group. There is still not enough knowledge about dementia in our society, both among victims and employees in health care services. It is one of the reasons that dementia is still shameful and why many try to keep the disease hidden.”

The biggest challenges:

Norwegian Health Association is responsible for organising the regional meetings together with the Ministry of Health, the Directorate of Health and Ageing and Health and Ageing and Health - Norwegian Centre for Research, Education and Service Development. People with dementia, their families, volunteers, employees and managers of care services are invited.

The participants are invited to express what they see as the biggest challenges in dementia care today, and what users and their families need in order to live as good a life as possible, with dementia.