Mental health

New guide for carers of people with dementia

3 June 2019 - iSupport, a knowledge and skills training programme for carers of people living with dementia, is now available as a hardcopy manual. Sections include how to deal with behaviour changes such as memory loss and getting lost, providing support with everyday activities such as eating and drinking, and managing one’s own physical and mental health. The manual is already available in an online format.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia

WHO /Atul Loke

14 May 2019 - People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization today.

The Guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to reduce their risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Towards a dementia plan: a WHO guide

1 June 2018 – Only a few countries currently have formulated national dementia plans, despite approximately fifty million people worldwide living with dementia.

Member States are urged to build comprehensive, multisectoral public policy responses to improve quality of life, enhance equitable access to services and reduce stigma and social isolation for people with dementia and their carers.

A new WHO publication assists Member States in formulating this response, through a multiphased approach.

World Health Assembly endorses global action plan on dementia

WHO/G. McKell

29 May 2017 - Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 and committed to developing ambitious national strategies and implementation plans. The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. It provides a comprehensive blueprint for action, in areas such as: increasing awareness of dementia and establishing dementia-friendly initiatives; reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; research and innovation; and support for dementia carers.

Highlights

fact buffet

Dementia

50 millionApproximately 50 million people worldwide have dementia.

Fact sheet: dementia

Dementia cost

$818 billionThe majority of care is provided by family carers.

Fact sheet: dementia

Mortality

5th Dementia is now the 5th leading cause of death.

Fact sheet: The top 10 causes of death

Dementia is an umbrella term for several diseases affecting memory, other cognitive abilities and behaviour that interfere significantly with a person’s ability to maintain their activities of daily living. Although age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia, it is not a normal part of ageing.

WHO is working very closely with Member States and other relevant stakeholders to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

The action plan recognizes the essential role of mental health in achieving health for all people. It aims to achieve equity through universal health coverage and stresses the importance of prevention.

Dementia Action Plan 2017-2025

The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

WHO’s first Global Epilepsy Report

WHO, in collaboration with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), will release the first Global Epilepsy Report in 2019. To support investment in reducing the burden of epilepsy, the report calls for accelerated action to make epilepsy a public health priority.