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Reclaiming Dementia: Transforming the Lives of People with Dementia--National Dementia Strategy 2012

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Ireland 1 August 2012 Policy document dementia

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Element 1: Clinical and Policy Leadership in Dementia
Clinical and policy leadership of dementia in the Strategy must come from the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive through the development of a clinical directorate and the appointment of a Clinical Director in dementia. The directorate will have dedicated resources to oversee the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy as well as ensuring that dementia permeates across all of the other clinical care programmes.
Element 2: Values and Principles
A comprehensive set of values and principles must be enshrined into the National Dementia Strategy including social solidarity, social sustainability, active citizenship, respect and putting the person at the centre.
Element 3: Developing Capacity to Involve People with Dementia and their Carers People with dementia and their carers must be involved in the decisions that affect their lives and given
recognition that they are the experts in the lived experience of dementia and included as partners in the care pathway and policy development.
Element 4: “Reclaiming Dementia” - Social and Community Model
There is a need to “reclaim dementia” through the emergence of a new social and community model that focuses on abilities, possibilities and personhood and one where dementia is viewed as a social issue, owned by our community and requiring a community response.
Element 5: Promoting an Integrated Dementia Care Pathway Approach
A system of integrated dementia care pathways supported by a case manager mechanism must be created, which enables service providers and supports for people with dementia to work in a joined up and consistent way.
Element 6: Dementia Education, Public Awareness and Dementia Friendly Approach
Dementia education and awareness needs to permeate every aspect of health care and mainstream service provision to enable them to be “dementia friendly” and respond appropriately.
Element 7: Dementia Research
There is a need for commitment to invest in a world class research agenda across all the disciplines including basic and clinical sciences, health services, health systems and health policy research. Establishing a baseline to monitor the prevalence and incidence of dementia in order to understand the current parameters, enable evidenced based decision making and plan for now and the future. The significant role that people with dementia and their carers play in dementia research should be recognised.
Element 8: Delivering Solutions through Actions: 7 Key Priorities
There are 7 key priority areas where opportunities exist to intervene to transform people’s lives through a series of direct, concrete, efficient and cost effective “solutions through action”.

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