8. How to Get Results in Public Policy for Alzheimer's and Dementia Services

  1. Hugo de Waal MD, FRCPsych, FHEA2,
  2. Constantine Lyketsos MD, MHS3,
  3. David Ames BA, MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP4 and
  4. John O'Brien BA, BM BCh, MA, FRCPsych, MD5
  1. Marc Wortmann

Published Online: 7 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118378663.ch8

Designing and Delivering Dementia Services

Designing and Delivering Dementia Services

How to Cite

Wortmann, M. (2013) How to Get Results in Public Policy for Alzheimer's and Dementia Services, in Designing and Delivering Dementia Services (eds H. de Waal, C. Lyketsos, D. Ames and J. O'Brien), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118378663.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Lead Consultant, Norfolk Dementia Care Academy, Norwich, UK

  2. 3

    Associate Postgraduate Dean, East of England Deanery, Cambridge, UK

  3. 4

    Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor, Director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Maryland, USA

  4. 5

    Director, National Ageing Research Institute, University of Melbourne Professor of Ageing and Health, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. Alzheimer's Disease International, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953494

Online ISBN: 9781118378663



  • dementia strategy;
  • public policy;
  • political involvement in developing dementia strategies;
  • resource allocation in dementia care;
  • availability of dementia services


Through four contributions by senior officials of national and global Alzheimer's Disease associations, this chapter highlights various national and international strategies, developed at the level of political involvement. It describes how such ‘high-level’ initiatives are attempting to make an impact, how successful or not these attempts are and it describes the limitations on one hand and the necessity on the other of such centrally driven approaches. It includes an analysis of the impact of raising the profile of dementia as an important healthcare problem for resource allocation and service availability. The themes developed in this chapter will then be subject to further analysis and comment in the following chapter.