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Demensförbundet (The Dementia Association - The National Association for the Rights of the Demented) protects the interests of the dementia stricken as well as their relatives.

Demensförbundet which was founded in 1984 is expanding and has now 10 500 members. There are 120 local organisations and contact points covering most parts of Sweden.

The headquarter of the association is situated in Stockholm,
Lundagatan 42 A, 5 tr., 117 27 Stockholm.

President
Secretary
Accountant and Chief  
Information Officcer
Office
Pär Rahmström 
Anni Reimers
Elisabeth Berglund-Lindh
Carina Rejmus
Carina Glebenius 


We know:

  • A number of diseases cause dementia. The most common are Alzheimer´s dementia and Vascular Dementia (caused by disruption of blood flow). 
  • Approximately 160 000 people in Sweden have a dementia disease. About one million persons are affected (families/relatives). 
  • The dementia diseases cause severe handicaps with considerable needs for care.
    Persons with a dementia handicap are strongly affected by the environment and the attitudes of those who surround them.
  • With the right support in their own homes and with the help of contact persons and day care persons with a dementia handicap can remain at home during a considerable part of the disease period. 
  • Many persons with dementia are in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions, often in an unsuitable environment. Often care and nursing methods are used which have a negative influence on the quality of life.
  • Persons with a dementia handicap can not plead their own cause.

Demensförbundet demands:

  • Better knowledge of dementia within care, nursing and social service and more information to the public.
  • Examination resources to make it possible for all persons with an assumed dementia to get a correct diagnosis and receive correct treatment. 
  • More medical, psychological and social research on dementia 
  • Qualified and sufficient personnel in dementia care and nursing.
  • Better use and redistribution of available resources by the following measures:
     - visiting work
     - development and increase of home support, day-care and contact persons for demented people who live at home
     - increase and development of group living centres and similar small units for those who can not remain at home.
     - development and increase of home support, day-care and contact persons for demented people who live at home
     - increase and development of group living centres and similar small units for those who can not remain at home.
     - support and relief for families/relatives

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