National Platform Dementia

Dementia is a major public health issue and will remain so in future. The National Dementia Platform aims to respond adequately to this challenge in order to ensure a good quality of life for those affected and their families.

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Dementia is a syndrome that manifests itself in the form of different diseases, the most common of which is Alzheimer's (about 60%). Old age is the main risk factor for developing dementia. The demographic development of the Swiss population suggests that the number of people affected will increase in the decades to come.

The National Platform Dementia aims to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. All those affected by dementia should have access to high-quality, low-threshold and continuous services of integrated psychosocial, medical and nursing care at all stages of the illness.

Further information

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia at the international level

Dementia, which includes Alzheimer's disease, affects an increasing number of people in the world every year. While Switzerland has a national dementia strategy, a large number of countries still do not consider this pandemic to be a priority.

Palliative Care

The National Strategy for Palliative Care was implemented by the federal government from 2010 to 2015. Measures were introduced in several areas, such as care delivery, education and awareness-raising.

Support for relatives providing care and nursing

Given the demographic development, the significance of relatives providing care for their ill family members will continue to increase in future. For that reason there are a number of measures to better support relatives.

Strategy Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

In Switzerland 2.2 million people suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many of these conditions and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

Support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare 2017-2020»

The support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare» intended to improve interprofessional cooperation in the healthcare system and thereby increase efficiency.

Last modification 19.07.2021

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