It has been agreed at the World Dementia Council‘s third meeting in London (held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Friday October 17th 2014) that dementia care (i.e. health and social care) and risk reduction should be added formally as two further WDC priority areas.
This will be a welcome change for some critics, who may previously have felt there was an over-emphasis on drugs development, and long-term hard scientific research efforts towards developing a potential “cure” and / or disease-modifying treatments. All WDC priorities are mutually complementary, considered in their entirety.
“The WDC’s work on care is being supported by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and World Health Organisation who are developing a framework exploring how international collaboration could improve dementia care, looking at sharing best practice, and metrics for measuring progress”.
World Dementia Council to prioritise care and risk reduction while welcoming new member living with dementia. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge / World Dementia Council, November 28th 2014.
This relates to:
Third World Dementia Council Meeting Communique. London: World Dementia Council (WDC), November 28th 2014.
The World Dementia Council has appointed Hilary Doxford (diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2012) as a member, to better represent the viewpoint(s) of people living with dementia.
World Dementia Council welcomes new member living with dementia. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge / World Dementia Council, January 29th 2015.
Possibly also of interest, with regard to patient experience and patient voice:
Meet Kate Swaffer. London: Department of Health [Digital Health blog], March 23rd 2015.
WDC Dementia Risk Reduction Statement
The WDC’s latest statement about dementia risk reduction:
World Dementia Council issues risk reduction statement. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge / World Dementia Council, January 29th 2015.
This relates to:
WDC Dementia Risk Reduction Statement. London: World Dementia Council (WDC), January 28th 2015.