National dementia plans
Unlike international initiatives, national plans are capable of addressing dementia issues in a way tailored to the unique culture and demographics of each country. The WHO Global plan on dementia urges that governments should develop national policies on dementia by 2025.
A comprehensive government plan to address the needs of people with dementia can provide a mechanism to consider a range of issues including promoting public awareness of dementia and improving the quality of health care, social care and long-term care support and services for people living with dementia and their families.
Below you can find a list of national dementia plans, examples of sub-national plans and non-governmental plans. Please note that this list is in the process of being updated.
- Australia – National Framework for Action on Dementia (2015-2019)
- Austria – Dementia Strategy: Living well with dementia (2015)
- Canada – A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire (2019)
- Chile – Plan Nacional de Demencia (2017-2025)
- Costa Rica – National Plan (2014-2024)
- Cuba – Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Dementia Syndromes (2016)
- Czech Republic – National Plan (2016-2019)
- Denmark – Dementia action plan (2017-2025)
- Finland – National Memory Plan (2012-2020)
- France – Plan maladies neuro degeneratives (2014-2019)
- Greece – National Dementia Strategy (2016-2020)
- Indonesia – National Dementia Strategy (2016)
- Ireland – National Dementia Strategy 2011-2016
- Israel – National program for Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Types of Dementia 2013
- Italy – National Dementia Strategy 2014
- Japan – Orange Plan 2015
- Korea, Republic of – National dementia plan (2015)
- Luxembourg – National Dementia Action Plan 2013
- Malta – Empowering Change 2015-2023
- Mexico – Plan de Acción Alzheimer Y otras Demencias 2014
- Netherlands – National Dementia Programme 2012-2020
- Norway – Dementia Plan 2015-2020
- Qatar – National Dementia Plan 2018-2022 Summmary
- Slovenia – National Plan 2016-2020 (awaiting translation)
- Switzerland – National Dementia Strategy 2014-2019
- UK – see ‘Sub-national plans’
- USA – National Alzheimer’s Plan 2017: 2018 Update
Sub-national and other dementia plans
In many countries, sub-national or other plans by region, province, state or canton are also in development. Many national governments are increasingly decentralising to their sub national units for health care and public health planning and these are the most appropriate level of government to strategically meet the growing needs of people with dementia and their families and increases potential for impact. TADA Chinese Taipei and Macau SAR are listed under ‘other’.
- Flanders 2016-2019
Switzerland (National plan 2014-2019)
- Canton of Geneva 2016
- Canton of Vaud 2010
- England – Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020
- Gibraltar – National Dementia Vision and Strategy for Gibraltar 2015
- Northern Ireland – Improving Dementia Services 2011
- Scotland – National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 (summary here)
- Wales – Dementia Action Plan 2018-2022
- Macau SAR – Governmental Policy on Dementia 2016
Non-governmental dementia strategies
Non-governmental strategies are generated by private non-governmental groups that can serve as the case statement to persuade governments to create a national or sub national governmental plan.
- Canada – Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership: Strategic Objectives –
A collective vision for a national dementia strategy for Canada
- India – Dementia India Strategy
Action in Europe
Alzheimer Europe and associations in Europe have achieved policy action across the continent. You can see a review of National dementia strategies and policies in Europe in the Alzheimer Europe ‘European Dementia Monitor‘ (2017).
Action in the Americas
The Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) published the first Regional Plan of Action on Dementia in October 2015.
The PAHO Regional Plan of Action on Dementia obliges countries to develop national dementia plans, including the promotion of risk reduction strategies through public health programmes, ensuring a rights-based approach to the provision of care and support for people living with dementia and better training for health professionals, as well as more funding for research.
ADI has several reports on national plan development, including our From Plan to Impact reports, which provide a an important update each year on the progress towards the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.
National Alzheimer Strategies
- Bulgaria – National Plan 2015
- Portugal – Proposed National Dementia Strategy (Portuguese)
- Singapore – National Dementia Strategy 2009
- Spain – National Health System strategy for Neurodegenerative Diseases 2016 (Spanish)