NL Presidency launches campaign for dementia-friendly society
The Dutch EU Council Presidency has launched a campaign for a more dementia-friendly society. The "Dementia-Friendly Together" campaign was announced by Dutch State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport Martin van Rijn on 9 May 2016, on the occasion of the Dutch Presidency conference "Living Well With(out) Dementia", which is currently taking place in Amsterdam.
In the Netherlands alone, 13,000 people per year are diagnosed with dementia, and an estimated 260,000 people suffer from the disease. People live for an average of eight years with dementia, six of them at home and two years in a care institution. Their numbers are set to rise to 400,000 by 2050, because the elderly population is not only growing, but living longer. The chances of developing dementia increase with age.This disease thus plays an important role in the grand societal challenge of an ageing population which is faced by all EU Member States. The Dutch campaign has a budget of € 10 million over the next five years.
The Dutch government has already announced it would be investing 32.5 million euros in the Dementia Delta Plan up to 2017, part of which will be spent on research into this fatal brain disease. Investment in research in this area should continue also beyond 2017.
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