Over the next two days, ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities have come together for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by dementia.
Palliative care can improve the quality of life of people living with, and dying from, dementia, as well as helping their carers.
In recognition of this, the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) has released a statement calling on Ministers to take action to improve palliative care for people with dementia and their carers.
In the statement, the WHPCA notes: “As our populations age it is absolutely fundamental that we build health and social care services around the world to provide person centred care right through the life course to the end of life.
“There is always something that can be done, even when cure is not possible, and the palliative care approach should be available to all those living with, and dying from, dementia and other life limiting conditions.”
At the same time, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has launched the booklet: Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs): New domains and global examples, downloadable from the ADI website.
The booklet documents DFC schemes from all over the world, demonstrating the potential these programmes have to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
Look out for a report on the event by Claire Morris, advocacy advisor to the WHPCA, to be published on ehospice later this week.