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Better Policies for People with Dementia - First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia


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A presentation given by OECD's Mark Pearson at the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia in Geneva, 2015

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Better Policies for People with Dementia - First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia

  1. 1. BETTER POLICIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA The joint OECD / WHO framework for improving dementia care and other policies to improve the lives of people living with dementia Mark Pearson Deputy Director Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
  2. 2. We are failing to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers   More than half of all people with dementia undiagnosed Carers 20% more likely to have mental health problems One in three only leave the house once a week Hospital costs three times higher than for other people A third of those in care homes on antipsychotics A third come out of hospital with reduced functional ability. Half of these people never recover.
  3. 3. Countries need to strengthen systems, improve policies and measure progress Strengthen systems health and care systems, workforce, data collection, research Develop and implement policies based on the best available evidence Measure progress to evaluate and improve policies
  4. 4. We have identified ten key objectives of dementia policy for countries to consider Store   First symptoms appear 1 2 3 4 5 6 109 7 8 End of life End of life care for people with dementia presents specific challenges Advanced dementia Greater need for formal care services and specialised accommodation Early dementia Living in the community and relying on informal care Those who wish to care for friends and relatives are supported People living with dementia can access safe and high quality social care services People living with dementia die with dignity in the place of their choosing People living with dementia live in safe and appropriate environments Communities are safer for and more accepting of people with dementia Dementia is diagnosed quickly once someone becomes concerned about symptoms The risk of people developing dementia is minimised Risk reduction Diagnosis Care is coordinated, proactive and delivered closer to home Health services recognise and effectively manage people living with dementia Progression of dementia Care coordination and the role of technology The potential of technology to support dementia care is realised
  5. 5. We need to move towards better measurement of dementia + HOSPITAL + Measuring the impact of government decisions on dementia… Monitor policies and strategies that countries adopt Measure the activities of health systems and other systems Measure outcomes that people with dementia and their carers experience • Continue to monitor policy responses • OECD Health Care Quality Indicator Expert Group to look into developing dementia indicators • Working with WHO to ensure global applicability of indicators Next steps
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