According to a global survey, GLASGOW has been named one of the best cities in the world for dementia management.
In the expert report, Scotland’s largest city, where two individuals are diagnosed with dementia each day, was ranked second out of 30 global cities for dementia innovation. On the end, London came out.
The study highlighted the Dementia Policy of Glasgow City Council, released in 2016, which “provides a template for cities looking to improve early detection and diagnosis.”
The project has uncovered a range of focus areas that need to be tackled, including eliminating stigma, enhancing the physical environment, increasing social involvement, and providing support to continue living in the community for people with dementia.
However, the recent 2020 Dementia Innovation Readiness Index, compiled by the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA), Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and the Lien Foundation, described the town as “explicitly recognizes the diagnosis of dementia as critical.”
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“In addition, Glasgow’s plan argues that people who receive an early diagnosis of dementia and are provided with information, support and care will be better supported in managing the condition as it progresses,” the study said.
Glasgow received input from patients, families, volunteers and health care professionals to create a three-year dementia action plan in order to improve the plan.
In the dementia innovation survey, Glasgow placed second. The study explores the degree to which each city is prepared to implement new methods, systems or processes that have an impact on the prevention, treatment or care for dementia.
In five areas of innovation readiness, the study explores 26 metrics – strategy/engagement, early detection/diagnosis, access to care, community support and market climate.
The study found that of the 30 cities included in the report, Glasgow performed well, with an overall score of 7.8 out of 10. In the areas of community support and policy and engagement, Glasgow scored especially well.
Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Scotland, says the dementia project in Glasgow provides a blueprint for cities looking to boost early detection and diagnosis.
“As part of its city plan, Glasgow explicitly recognizes the diagnosis of dementia as a critical issue for providers, people with dementia and their loved ones, and that diagnosis is key to providing resources for disease management, treatment and care,” Simmons says. “That being said, no city is perfect and there is always room for improvement.”
However, in offering rewards, policies and safeguards in the business climate, Glasgow ranked in the lower half, which Simmons says should be a priority field for the city in the future.
“Without the right incentives, policies and protections for businesses, cities are unlikely to become centers of innovation for dementia treatment, prevention, risk reduction and care,” Simmons says. “A favorable business environment is critical to catalyzing dementia innovation.”
In 2017, the number of people living with dementia in Scotland was estimated at approximately 90,000, suggesting that planning for dementia is increasingly relevant for decision-makers.
Paola Barbarino, ADI Executive Director, says that local leadership in dementia preparedness is important.
“Local leadership preparedness is clearly linked to a city’s readiness and innovation,” Ms. Barbarino said. “To improve the lives of those living with dementia and their loved ones, the Index calls on local, subnational and national governments to advance strong dementia policy and planning.”
When launched, the policy of Glasgow City Council sought to develop good practices for people with dementia to live well in the community.
With the number of people with dementia expected to double in the next 25 years, the goal is to ensure that better access to information, help, care and treatment will counter this growing phenomenon.
The promotion and growth of “resilience” within communities was one of the key themes of the campaign, so that the effect of dementia is understood in all aspects of life, whether it is a large organization, a local service, a shop, a company, a neighbor or a friend.
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