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Addressing Alzheimer’s and other Types of Dementia: Israeli National Strategy

State of Israel; Department of Health Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Israel 2013 Policy document dementia

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The vision of the strategic plan is to enable people with dementia and their families - through a broad array of easily accessible, high-standard supports and services - to live as full, independent and dignified lives as possible. The plan recognizes the need to address dementia from the stages of prevention of risk factors and early detection, to diagnosis and patient care, and through assurance of quality of end of life. It proposes to do so by implementing interdisciplinary work principles and care, and boosting the coordination and cooperation of all the parties involved.

The strategic plan relates to a number of areas that the interdisciplinary group of experts
identified as central:
1. Raising public awareness of dementia and dispelling the associated stigma
2. Improving the array of community health services offered to provide comprehensive care at every stage of the illness
3. Improving the array of community social services (such as the Long-Term Care Insurance Law and daycare centers)
4. Developing responses to support family caregivers directly
5. Adapting the array of long-term institutional services in view of the changing needs
6. Developing and expanding resources to train manpower in the community and in hospitals
7. Promoting critical research to support policy planning and service development.

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