The ZonMw dementia research and innovation programme ‘Memorabel’ is part of the 'Deltaplan for Dementia'.
Dementia represents a major, and growing, challenge for society. As a result of demographic ageing, the number of people with dementia is set to rise sharply in the near future. A recent World Health Organization report estimates the global number of dementia sufferers at 35.6 million. By 2030 the number of dementia patients probably will have doubled, and by 2050 more than tripled. One in five people develop dementia. Dementia is the third largest cause of death in the Netherlands.
We need a long-term national strategy to ensure the burden of caring for dementia patients remains manageable in the future. We are confronted with a looming shortage of care workers. Many dementia sufferers are supported by informal carers, but the pressure on them is enormous. The costs are also high. Dementia is the most expensive disease in the Netherlands, taking up more than 5% of the entire healthcare budget.
The Deltaplan for Dementia is a nationwide public-private initiative that aims to tackle and manage the growing problem of dementia, by utilising the Netherlands’ innovative strengths in science, product innovation and healthcare (including healthcare policy). The Deltaplan focuses on the Netherlands, but it also ties in well with the latest international developments and insights. Partners from both the public and private sectors have now committed themselves to support the plan.
The Deltaplan for Dementia consists of 3 elements.
The goal of ‘Memorabel’ is to gather knowledge that might in the long term help to stem the growth in the number of patients (caring for tomorrow’s patients), improve the quality of life of people with dementia and improve the care and support they receive (caring for today’s patients) by:
The programme is divided into 4 themes.
Research projects will be granted in each of the 4 themes. The first projects have started in 2014.