Moving beyond the concentration upon research devoted to the discovery of pharmacological interventions for the treatment of dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease, the authors instead worked on a roadmap of complementary (non-pharmacological) research ambitions in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, improved interventions, social support and care. Five broad goals involve:
- Preventing future cases of dementia through increasing knowledge of risk and protective factors.
- Maximising the benefits to people living with dementia and their families of seeking and receiving a diagnosis of dementia.
- Improving the quality of life for people affected by dementia by promoting functional capabilities and independence, while preventing and treating negative consequences of dementia.
- Enabling the dementia workforce to deliver improved practice by increasing knowledge and informing changes in practice and culture.
- Optimising the quality and inclusivity of health and social care systems to support people affected by dementia.
There is a ten point action plan.
Pickett, J. Bird, C. [and] Ballard, C. [et al] (2018). A roadmap to advance dementia research in prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and care by 2025. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. July 2018; Vol.33(7): pp.900-906.
See also, the Alzheimer’s Society report, as brought to attention by the Dementia 2020 Challenge: 2018 Review Phase 1. Department for Health and Social Care report:
Dementia research roadmap for prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025 An opportunity to align national dementia strategies and research. London: Alzheimer’s Society, January 2018.