Dementia Innovation Readiness Index 2017

The first Dementia Innovation Readiness Index, launched by the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and ADI, attempts to comprehensively measure innovation readiness in dementia, starting in the G7 countries.

The Dementia Innovation Readiness Index 2017 is the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of innovation in dementia treatment, prevention, and care across G7 countries, drawing on best practices and identifying areas for improvement.

The index highlights a growing need to address a lack of data on dementia care and treatment, including building a better picture of and comparisons between the diagnosis of dementia, and encouraging the standardisation of diagnostic tools.


Some key findings include:

  • Increased investments in innovations for dementia care will help ensure high-quality care and more choice in where and how care is provided and paid for
  • There is a dire need to grow the workforce of researchers, public health workers, and elder
    caregivers to capitalize on innovation
  • Earlier detection and diagnosis are essential for understanding the progression of dementia
    and innovation for treatments
  • People with dementia deserve choice in the type and level of care they receive along the care
    continuum, but options today are limited due in large part to government payment systems
  • Dementia-inclusive community programs can help support people with dementia and allow
    them to live in their communities longer

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