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Spanish Government approves dementia strategy

Tuesday 15 October 2019

In Spain, the Government and Autonomous Communities have approved the “Plan Nacional del Alzheimer” (National Alzheimer's Plan) and the general conditions for the acquisition and supply of publicly produced advanced therapy drugs. The Plan was approved during a plenary of the inter-territorial Council of the National Health System (SNS), chaired by the Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo. The Plan addresses both the social and health perspectives, with a focus on early detection, to improve the diagnostic capabilities of the system and to promote dementia research. The text establishes four objectives and principles:

  • raise awareness and transformation of society to change the perception that society has of Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • place the person at the centre of health and social care, including developing health promotion policies, improving knowledge of risk factors, as well as the most appropriate treatments, for both the public and professionals
  • improve the rights, ethics and dignity of the person, improving services, supports and benefits for advance care for people in different areas
  • introduce measures to promote research, innovation and knowledge.