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National Dementia Strategies

25 May 2016: Slovenia has a National Dementia Strategy

A strategy for coping with dementia in Slovenia for 2020 is the first document of its kind in this field in Slovenia and was signed by the Minister of Health Milojka Kolar Celarc and presented at a press conference on 25 May.

The strategy reflects the essential elements and commitments contained in the documents adopted at the EU and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as strategies in the field of management of dementia in other countries. It provides a coordinated and integrated approach by all stakeholders in tackling dementia and related conditions. The aim of the strategy is to ensure preventive measures, early diagnosis and appropriate standard of health and social protection and medical care for people with dementia. It focuses on the individual and his/her needs, which require a coordinated and responsive operation of law and a multidisciplinary treatment approach.

The strategy also sets out strategic areas in relation to the treatment of people with dementia, namely:

• Raising awareness and reducing the stigma of the disease.

• Early diagnosis and subsequent comprehensive treatment of people with dementia.

• Access to treatment and therapy anti dementia.

• Ensuring access to social services and individual and holistic treatment.

• Palliative care for people with dementia, etc.

The strategy was prepared by a working group appointed by the Minister of Health, members in addition to the Ministry of Health were from the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, representatives of the psychiatric profession (Dr Aleš Kogoj, until his death as well as an external collaborator Dr Katarina Barbara Štrukelj) and other healthcare professionals, working both at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care activities (Dr Zvezdan Pars, head of the Neurological Clinic UKC Ljubljana, Dr Dušan Flisar, Tatiana Cvetko, ZD Koper, Boštjan Zupan, SB Celje, Darnika Klančar US Cerknica), representatives of non-governmental organisations, including Štefanija L. Zlobec, Spominčica President of Alzheimer Slovenikja (Spominčica) and Alzheimer Europe Board member, and the Director of a home for the elderly in Fužine.

Spominčica thanks the media for support in raising awareness, de-stigmatisation and recognising the first signs of dementia.

9 November 2015: Slovenia launches consultation on National Dementia Strategy

On 9 November 2015, Slovenia’s Ministry of Health launched a public consultation on the country’s draft National Dementia Plan, via its website.

The impetus to develop the strategy, which will run until 2020 once finalised, came from the late Dr Ales Kogoj, founder of Alzheimer Slovenia (Spomincica), along with two of his colleagues. Their initiative was supported by the Ministry of Health, and in 2010 a working group was set up. The document, prepared by the working group, represents a major step forward in supporting people living with dementia in Slovenia.

Public consultation on the draft plan will close on 9 December.

Link to document (in Slovenian):

5 March 2013: Slovenia adopts guidelines for a national dementia plan

On 5 March 2013, Minister of Health Tomaž Gantar officially approved the document that will be the basis of Slovenia's national dementia plan.This document will guide the activities of a new, dedicated Dementia Working Group within the Ministry. The working group consists of ten people, including  Dr. Aleš Kogoj (President of Alzheimer Slovenia-Spomincica), Ms Štefanija Lukič Zlobec (Vice President), Dr. Gorazd Bernard Stokin and Dr. Tatjana Cvetko.



Last Updated: Thursday 14 July 2016