Ministry aims to increase dementia care centers, diagnosis rates

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/26
By: Chen wei-ting Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Health and Welfare aims to increase the number

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of dementia care centers and the diagnosis rates of the disease in Taiwan over the next four years, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Saturday.

A day after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed to improve policies for dementia care, Chen said that within four years, his ministry is hoping to increase the number of dementia care centers from the existing 20 to 63 and the diagnosis rates of dementia from the current 30 percent to 50 percent.

In addition, Tsai Shu-feng (蔡淑鳳), director-general of the ministry’s Department of Nursing and Health Care, said her ministry will organize campaigns to increase the public’s understanding of the disease, reduce stigma and build a friendlier environment for dementia patients.

She added that her ministry aims to help at least five percent of the 18 million people in Taiwan between the ages of 15 and 64 gain a deeper understanding of the disease over the next four years.    [FULL  STORY]

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