By: Chen Ching-fang and Lillian Lin
Taipei, July 11 (CNA) Alzheimer nursing experts from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea
met in Taipei Saturday to exchange views on the training of skilled nursing personnel and the establishment of a certification system for Alzheimer nurses.
Chen Liang-kung (陳亮恭), chairman of the Taiwan Association of Integrated Care, said the fast-growing number of Alzheimer patients and insufficient specialized nursing manpower are issues that require attention.
According to the specialist in geriatrics and gerontology, an estimated 230,000 people in Taiwan are currently suffering from dementia, many of whom are not getting skilled nursing care.
On May 15, the Legislature passed a bill on long-term care services. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said that if national long-term care services are to be implemented, there will be a serious manpower shortage of 40,000 nursing personnel. [FULL STORY]