The Plan Alzheimer Wallon was adopted in 2010 by the Wallonia Government, setting out a programme of actions to be taken in relation to dementia.
This followed a resolution of the Wallon Parliament in 2008 and the inclusion of dementia as a policy issue in the regional Political Declaration in 2009.
Outline of Strategy
The Plan had three axes, around which all actions were centred:
- Axis 1 - Ensure a better knowledge and consideration of pathologies at a societal level
- Axis 2 - Improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's and their families at the various stages of the disease
- Axis 3 - Better knowledge of the disease and the factors that influence its evolution.
Within these axes, were 13 specific objectives:
- To promote a nuanced and non stigmatised perception of memory disease amongst the public
- To promote the development of local projects
- To provide quality information to people with Alzheimer's and their carers at every stage of the disease
- To support caregivers as essential actors in the support process
- To provide professional and adapted home help
- To guarantee appropriate care in residential care facilities
- To optimise hospital networks to the needs of people with dementia
- To ensure support at the end of life
- To support continuity and coordination of interventions
- To develop specific training for professionals
- To develop adapted responses for sub-groups, e.g. younger persons with dementia
- To move towards reliable data at the regional level
- To support research into non-medical interventions for dementia.
Further information on the Plan can be found at: http://sante.wallonie.be/?q=aines/missions/plan-wallon-alzheimer
A presentation detailing the Plan (in French) can be downloaded below.