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UNECE Policy Seminar on Ageing

20 November 2019

Informal care for persons with dementia

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 9:30 - 17:00 | Room V | Palais des Nations, Geneva

The informal care and support provided by families, friends and neighbours is a central pillar in enabling older persons to age with dignity. In the face of changing family structures, enhanced mobility and longer working lives, the societal capacity to provide informal care comes under increased pressure. At the same, time parallel developments such as growing longevity and the emphasis on ageing in place increase the need for home- and community-based care. The growing prevalence of dementia represents a particularly challenging situation for affected families.

The focus of the policy seminar is placed on the types of support that family carers of people affected by dementia need. The Lisbon Ministerial Declaration adopted by UNECE member States in 2017 underlines the importance of “promoting the participation of both persons with dementia (…) and their informal carers in social and community life, and [of] ensuring integrated care on a local basis with treatment, care, and support after diagnosis as needed, especially through community-based services”. A number of countries in the region have recognized and addressed this policy challenge by developing national dementia strategies and support measures for affected families. The policy seminar provides a dedicated space for in-depth discussion, experience exchange and peer learning in this important policy area.

A unique opportunity for participants this year will be to learn about informal care policy in Switzerland, the dementia action plan and support measures by the canton and city of Geneva, through two site visits in the afternoon.

The policy seminar is designed for national focal points on ageing attending the annual meeting of the Working Group on Ageing, experts on dementia and informal care, civil society representatives and other stakeholders. Registration will be automatic for participants attending the 12th meeting of the Working Group on Ageing.

Concept note and preliminary programme


Participants in the 12th meeting of the Working Group on Ageing are automatically registered for this policy seminar.
If you are not participating in the working group meeting and would like to register for the policy seminar, please contact us at unece.ageing@un.org.