Global action against dementia

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Global action against dementia

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The ambition to find a cure or a disease modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 is just one of the commitments to emerge in a declaration released by the G8 Dementia Summit held in London. To help towards this goal there is also a commitment to significantly increase the amount of funding put aside for dementia research.

The declaration, signed by G8 Health Ministers from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, also called for improvements in the quality of life for people with dementia including for their carers while reducing the emotional and financial burden. A global Dementia Innovation Envoy, proposed by the UK, will be appointed to stimulate innovation and co-ordinate international efforts including funding.

The full declaration can be read here.


Raising dementia awareness among health professionals in Bangladesh

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

At a recent meeting in Dhaka, Professor Wazi Alam Chowdhury, Director, National Institute of Mental Health in Dhaka, said that dementia awareness among health professionals in Bangladesh is significantly low. The Beveridge Foundation’s Medical Director, Lt. Col. (Retd) DR. A N M Shahidul Alam and Head of Dementia, MD Rashed Suhrawardy, recently visited the Professor’s office of to brief him about the activities of the Foundation and Dementia Bangladesh. Professor Wazi is also the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists and an associate editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatry.
During the discussion the Professor advised that the Foundation’s awareness programme should start from the grassroots and move up into tertiary hospitals and he would support dementia training initiatives for doctors, non-medical personnel, family members and care givers. He emphasised the need to provide care and support for the carers of people with dementia.

Professor Wazi also discussed the activities being carried out at the Institute of Mental Health and explained that there were many departments concerned with psychiatry. He mostly dealt with alzheimers disease and the vascular form of dementia but that, at present, there were a limited number of dementia cases. A geriatric centre was due to be opened at the Institute. He went on to explain that the Institute conducts a Continued Medical Education (CME) programme, arranges periodic scientific seminars on various topics as well as national and international seminars. Representatives from the Beveridge Foundation have been invited to attend these seminars in the future.
After this discussion, the Foundation’s Medical Director and Head of Dementia went on to meet with Associate Professor  Dr Md Faruk Alam, Executive Editor and publisher of the Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatrists. The Foundation will be providing articles for publishing in the journal about its activities on dementia.

Homecare and dementia

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Homecare has the potential to transform the lives of people with dementia but there is a need for better training of homecare staff and for improvements in commissioning so that it is based on needs and outcomes.

Read more here

Older people missing out on end of life care

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The theme of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in October was concerned with dispelling the myths around palliative and end of life care that are preventing more rapid progress of such care.

Myths-vs-FactsOlder people at the end of life are missing out on vital care and support because of a lack of access to palliative care services. Recent estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that around 24 million adults require palliative care at the end of life each year and 66% of these are over 60 years old.

Despite this growing need, 42% of countries still have no identified hospice and palliative care service, while 80% of people globally lack adequate access to medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain. This means millions of older people, especially in the developing world, are living and dying in unnecessary pain and distress.

David Praill, co-chair of the World Palliative Care Association and Chief Executive of UK charity Help the Hospices, said:
“World Hospice and Palliative Care Day shines a light on neglected or marginalised groups that are unable to get the care that they require.
“It is totally unacceptable that older people, wherever they are based, are unable to access the care that they need to live and die with dignity and respect. With the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases and the ageing of the HIV pandemic, it is even more pressing that urgent action is taken.”

Further information on this from this can be found here

Long term care for people with dementia

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’, reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.

Long-term care is mainly about care for people with dementia; around half of all older people who need personal care have dementia, and 80% of older people in nursing homes are living with dementia. The worldwide cost of dementia care is currently over US$600 billion, or around 1% of global GDP.

Alzheimer’s international conference 2014 in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The 29th Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference is to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1 – 4 May 2014. The theme is to be ‘Working together for a global solution.” More information can be found here

Top three factors for good homecare in UK

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A survey of care workers, homecare providers, council workers, service users and their families carried out jointly by The Guardian newspaper and the UK Department of Health identified the top three factors for providing good homecare. These were ìsufficient time for care, friendly, respectful, capable care workers and choice about services.î

The survey also threw up some ideas for making homecare even better and were discussed in a recent on-line web chat involving Norman Lamb, UK Government Minister for Care and Support along with representatives from the Third Sector, local authorities and homecare providers. A full report can be found here

‘Dementia and Bangladesh’ Conference, Dhaka, 2014

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Beveridge Foundation is organising and will be hosting a special dinner and one-day conference called ‘Dementia and Bangladesh: The challenges of an ageing population for a developing country’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2014.

The conference will include international speakers as well as workshops and opportunities for networking. Health and social care professionals working in Bangladesh are being invited to attend along with decision-makers at local and national levels. More information about the conference can be found here.

An Australian experience – dementia training

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Dementia training in Australia. From left: Fatama Aktar, Beveridge Foundation; Frank Schaper, Alzheimer's Australia (WA) Ltd; Rashed Suhrawardy,Beveridge Foundation; Maj Gen (retd) J K Das, Beveridge Foundation; Dennis Lim, Alzheimer's Australia (WA) Ltd
Learning more about dementia and working through a specially designed ‘training for trainers’ programme was the purpose behind a trip to Perth, Australia  made by three staff members from the Beveridge Foundation office in Bangladesh.

The visit and training was hosted by the Foundation’s new partner, Alzheimer’s Australia (WA) Ltd that has its head office in Perth. Those making the trip included Maj Gen Jiban JK Das, Head of Operations for the Foundation in Bangladesh plus staff members, Rashed Suhrawardy and Fatima Aktar.


The ‘Changing Face of Dementia’ International Conference 2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) holds an international conference each year, working with different member Alzheimer associations around the world. The conference is an opportunity to bring together everyone with an interest in dementia – staff and volunteers of Alzheimer associations, families, people with dementia, clinicians, interested professionals and scientists – to share and learn from one another.

The 26th International Conference called ‘The Changing Face of Dementia’ is to be held in Toronto, Canada from 26-29 March 2011.

The Beveridge Foundation is actively seeking to introduce good dementia care as an integral part of its homecare project in Bangladesh that is providing personal care for vulnerable, destitute elderly people in that country. Read more about its dementia plans.



Your Donations to the Foundation

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


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