National Dementia Strategies
On 14 May 2013, Luxembourg's Health and Family Ministries presented the country's first national dementia plan during a press conference.
The two Ministries will work in concert to carry out the plan. The Ministry of Health will be responsible for the areas of prevention, diagnostic standards, medical reimbursement and education. Meanwhile, the Family Ministry will develop a dedicated website and conduct an awareness campaign that includes a psycho-geriatric training course for health workers.
At the beginning of the conference, both Ministers made the personal comment that one of their parents was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Family Minister Marc Spautz likened awareness of dementia today to that of AIDS 20 years ago: the general public had little or no knowledge about it, so the disease was feared and its sufferers were stigmatised. Mr Spautz is confident that the campaign and the training course will help to eliminate these issues in Luxembourg.
There are an estimated 6,500 people living with dementia in Luxembourg - of which 60% with Alzheimer's disease - and this is expected to reach 8,500 by 2025.
In June 2015, Luxembourg launched the "Programme Démence Prévention" (PDP) programme on secondary prevention of dementia. The PDP aims to improve the quality of life of people who are at the earliest stages of the disease. The plan offers personalised care based on the following factors:
- vascular risk factors
- physical activation
- social engagement
- control/modification of current medication
The official information sheets for the PDP programme can be downloaded below.
Last Updated: Wednesday 06 January 2016