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Plan Nacional para la Enfermedad de Alzheimer y Demencias Relacionadas Esfuerzos Compartidos 2014-2024 (National Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias)

Ministry of Health Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Costa Rica 11 September 2014 Policy document dementia, elderly care

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Plan Nacional para la Enfermedad de Alzheimer y Demencias Relacionadas Esfuerzos Compartidos 2014-2024 contempla tres áreas de trabajo: mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con demencia y de quienes las cuidan; fomentar el conocimiento y la investigación, y promover el movimiento social.

La primera buscará una mejor detección, motivación a las personas a las que ya se les diagnosticó el mal, incrementar el apoyo a los cuidadores y dar mejor atención en los hogares de ancianos. También, se incluye una mayor capacitación en temas de demencia para los profesionales en salud. La segunda área aborda el impulso a la investigación en universidades e institutos, así como promover carreras sobre el adulto mayor y la demencia. Finalmente, la tercera, pretende provocar conciencia social sobre estas condiciones, que la gente esté mejor informada, que se respeten los derechos de las personas con demencia y que el tema sea prioridad también para los gobiernos locales (municipalidades).

The National Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias includes three areas: improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers; promoting knowledge and research, and promoting the social movement.

The first will look for better detection, to motivate those who are already diagnosed with the disease, to increase support for carers and to provide better care in nursing homes. Also, more training in dementia issues for health professionals is included. The second area deals with the promotion of research at universities and institutes and to promote careers that deal with the elderly and dementia.Finally, the third aims to provoke social awareness of these conditions, that people are better informed, that the rights of people with dementia are upheld and that the issue is also a priority for local governments and municipalities.

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