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New guide on dementia
[Posted: Wed 20/06/2012 www.irishhealth.com]
A new guide on dementia care in Ireland was launched yesterday by Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch.
The guide is aimed at the general public, including those diagnosed with dementia, their family caregivers and those experiencing the symptoms of dementia but who have not yet been formally diagnosed
The guide was developed to disseminate to the public, and in lay man's terms, the key findings contained in a report entitled 'Creating Excellence in Dementia Care: A Research Review to inform Ireland's National Dementia Strategy.'
The new guide is a joint collaboration between the Living with Dementia programme, Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG), NUI Galway.
The research work was funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and supported by the Department of Health.
The guide sets out in plain English the key facts about dementia in Ireland and internationally; the key findings emerging from the recent dementia research review, including new estimates on prevalence and costs of dementia; what other countries are doing to plan for dementia; potential core elements for inclusion in the forthcoming National Dementia Strategy for Ireland; and the next steps for public policy on dementia.
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