Dementia Working Group initiated by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania


After implementing its World Alzheimer Month Programme “Let’s talk about dementia“, which included a conference to highlight the challenges related to early diagnosis in Lithuania, the national association Dementia Lithuania has strengthened its partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania. The association was invited to contribute to the development of a new dementia working group, which would carry the responsibility to develop dementia policy. The dementia working group was developed considering a range of aspects associated with dementia policy, and thus includes representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, professionals from two major universities, and social partners representing a range of areas. The dementia working group will also have strong representation from people living with dementia and their carers. It is anticipated that the Lithuanian Dementia Strategy will be one of the working objectives of this newly-created working group. The forming of this dementia working group is a big step forwards in implementing the project “Towards a Dementia Strategy: Situation Analysis and Public Awareness”. It is being implemented by the NGO “Socialiniai meno projektai” and the national association Dementia Lithuania. The project is organised in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Klaipėda region Alzheimer's community “Atmena”, Kaunas Alzheimer Club and Alzheimer’s Disease International. The project is funded by the Active Citizens Fund, The Vilnius City Municipality, The Tiltas Trust, and the Council for Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.