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Confederation and cantons launch National Platform on Dementia in Switzerland

Thursday 24 October 2019

On 24 October 2019, the Swiss Government announced that it will transform the National Dementia Strategy 2014-2019 into a new “National Dementia Platform”. The aim of the National Dementia Strategy was to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. It expires at the end of 2019 and offered the various players an important, pioneering framework for collaboration in their dementia-related activities. A total of 18 projects were launched, such as quality standards for diagnostics, awareness-raising measures for the public, medical-ethical guidelines for the care and treatment of people with dementia. Many cantons have now developed their own dementia strategies.

In order to achieve a sustainable impact of the projects launched, a platform is to be created, from January 2020. The platform aims to continue the work started with the strategy and to facilitate the professional exchange between national actors, cantonal authorities and municipalities, the joint development of measures and their implementation in practice. The various activities in the field of dementia will thus be coordinated on a national level and implemented regionally.

Three main objectives will focus on:

  1. development and optimisation of services and offers, and promoting low-threshold access to high-quality services for people with dementia and their families
  2. expansion of dementia-specific competencies for professionals
  3. and raising awareness among the public.

Innovation is a key aspect of the new platform. On the one hand, innovative projects will be funded and made public. On the other hand, there are new ideas about how to implement the findings in practice. The plan is to re-evaluate the platform after 4-5 years, and then to hand it over to a third party.