An Action Plan to Face the Challenge of Dementia: INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT ON DEMENTIA from IAP for Health

  • H. Chertkow
  • Research Executive Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
  • International IAP committee on Dementia
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Position Paper


An international committee set up through the IAP for Health met to develop an action plan for dementia. Comprehensive international and national initiatives should move forward with calls for action that include increased public awareness regarding brain health and dementia, support for a broad range of dementia research objectives, and investment in national health care systems to ensure timely competent person-centred care for individuals with dementia. The elements of such action plans should include: 1) Development of national plans including assessment of relevant lifecourse risk and protective factors; 2) Increased investments in national research programs on dementia with approximately 1% of the national annual cost of the disease invested; 3) Allocating funds to support a broad range of biomedical, clinical, and health service and systems research; 4) Institution of risk reduction strategies; 5) Building the required trained workforce (health care workers, teachers, and others) to deal with the dementia crisis; 6) Ensuring that it is possible to live well with dementia; and 7) Ensuring that all have access to prevention programs, care, and supportive living environments.

Key words

Risk reduction strategies risk factors life course public awareness national plans 


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  • H. Chertkow
    • 1
  • Research Executive Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging
  • International IAP committee on Dementia
  1. 1.3755 chemin de la Côte-Ste-CatherineMontréalCanada

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