This publication outlines nine key areas the Ministry of Health will support over the next three years to maximize the health, independence and wellbeing of people with dementia.
Good health is essential for the social and economic wellbeing of New Zealanders. As the population of older people grows, so too will the population of people with dementia. An ageing population means that maximising the health, independence and wellbeing of people with dementia is a key part of ensuring the good health of New Zealanders.
There is currently no cure for dementia so we need to focus on improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, families and whānau.
As a country, we need to make sure that the dementia services and support people receive are appropriate, person-centred and of high quality. The right support needs to be available at the right time, especially when a person’s needs change. Proactive and coordinated services and support for people with dementia and their carers, family and whānau will improve their quality of life.
Over the next three years, the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) will support action in nine key areas to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. These action areas are to:
- implement a nationally consistent approach to dementia care
- increase dementia awareness
- reduce the risk of dementia
- increase access to a timely diagnosis of dementia
- provide navigation of services and increase the quality of information and education
- increase the ability of people with dementia to remain living at home
- increase the quality of information and education for the workforce
- develop dementia-friendly health and social support services
- provide respectful and supportive end-of-life care.