FAGAL | Federación Alzhéimer Galicia

Demands

  • Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative dementia must be considered a public health priority by Galicia’s health service, just like WHO acknowledges it in its 2012 report “Dementia: a public health priority”.
  • Starting up a new specific plan for caregiver family members which includes equality programs that help balancing their lives with taking care of a person with neurodegenerative dementia.
  • Creating Dementia Units in public hospitals in Galicia, with the purpose of providing a better care for the people affected by this disease and adapting rooms and times when it comes to hospitalizations.
  • Developing and guaranteeing specific day care and residential centers for dementia, as well as short-distance centers and night centers, adjusting their prices to the family’s economic conditions, not to the affected person's. It is also necessary including assistance to provide the necessary home care, in order to avoid poor home care.
  • Developing specific resources for rural areas, creating middle distance units and neurodegenerative dementia prevention and early diagnosis programs.
  • Promoting a protocol of cognitive impairment diagnosis and clinical follow-up in primary care, as well as smooth an efficient communication and coordination systems with elements from other care levels dedicated to dementia.
  • Boosting cross-generational awareness programs that help showing the new reality of dementia to people and the importance of an equal distribution of dementia care, and strengthening support amongst family members.
  • Acknowledging and rating people with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative dementias with a 33% degree of disability on their diagnosis.
  • Urgently conducting a study on the real situation of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative dementias in Galicia, creating a map that shows the impact of this disease in different areas of our community.
  • It is essential to boost strategy and new social resources research and supporting basic dementia research. It is necessary prioritizing translational research, projects in which the results could have short-term consequences on clinical practice, and encouraging knowledge transfer through cooperation amongst organizations, research centers and other entities.

 

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