Name of your initiative:
Memory research 2015
Short name (acronym):
Memory research 2015
Website title and address: www.muistiliitto.fi
Which organization is submitting this initiative?:
The Alzheimer Society of Finland
Please specify in which regions/provinces: SUOMI / FINLAND
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Memory research was executed in co-operation with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), a research and development institute under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
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The Finns are one of the fastest eldering nations in the world. As the population ages, the number of people suffering from memory diseases increases. Progressive memory diseases pose a special challenge for public health, welfare and national economy.
Since the end of nineties The Alzheimer Society of Finland has researched every fifth year how services for people living with memory diseases have been organized and what is their quality in towns and other municipalities in Finland. This year (2015) Memory research was executed in co-operation with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), a research and development institute under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Research is included in the implementation plan of The National Memory Programme 2012–2020. Research questions were addressed in May to leading social and health authorities of all municipalities by an internet survey and answers were processed and compared with the answers of researches 2005 and 2010. The Memory Research 2015 will be published in November.
Topics of the research are for example: memory diseases in health and social policy, availability and quality of the first phase services, expertise of the personnel as well as coordination, availability and quality of the care and services. An important topic is also the co-operation between municipalities and third sector organizations like memory associations. Because the questions have been the same in 2005, 2010 and 2015 researches, it is also possible to evaluate the direction of development. Ten major improvement objects will be raised from the research findings. Special attention will be paid to services that support independent living at home.
Results of the research will be utilized by municipalities to develop the care and service given to people living with memory diseases and to their carers. Local Memory associations and Memory pilots can use the results in their work for memory-friendly society.
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Type of initiative: Public-private-partnership
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The economic environment or setting of the initiative: Rich
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What triggered this initiative?:
Since the end of nineties The Alzheimer Society of Finland has researched every fifth year how services for people living with memory diseases have been organized and what is their quality in towns and other municipalities in Finland.