The Slovenian National Dementia Strategy 2016-2020 was launched by the Minister of Health Milojka Kolar Celarc on 25 May 2016.

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, with representatives of different stakeholders, including Spominčica (the Slovenian Alzheimer's Association).

Outline of strategy

The strategy contained 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 provided a coordinated and integrated approach by all stakeholders in tackling dementia and related conditions. The aim of the strategy was to ensure preventive measures, early diagnosis and appropriate standard of health and social protection and medical care for people with dementia, focused on the individual and his/her needs requiring a coordinated and responsive multidisciplinary approach.

The strategy also set out five strategic areas in relation to the treatment of people with dementia:

• 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.

Further information

Further information on dementia policy in Slovenia is available at:

The full dementia strategy (in Slovenian) is available to download below.