• It is about addressing the disease in an integral way and improving the conditions of families and caregivers

The Popular Parliamentary Group has presented a Proposition in Congress in which the Government is urged to develop – in coordination with Autonomous Communities, scientific societies and patient associations – a national census of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias , in order to meet existing needs and propose initiatives to improve the personal autonomy and quality of life of those affected, their families and their caregivers.

According to this initiative, signed by the spokeswoman for the GPP, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo and the spokeswoman for Social Rights of the GPP, Alicia García; This periodic and centralized update census by the Ministry of Health should serve to improve the actions promoted in the National Health System, also in favor of an early diagnosis and a comprehensive, transversal, multidisciplinary and humanized approach to these diseases.

In the explanatory statement of Proposition no of Law it is recalled that neurodegenerative diseases are, together with cardiovascular pathologies and cancer, the ones with the highest prevalence and the highest mortality caused in Spain.

Among these diseases, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and involves cognitive impairment and behavioral disorders. It represents between 60 and 80 percent of the total cases of dementia, and currently affects between 700,000 and 800,000 people, with estimates that in 2050 could rise to two million.

The initiative of the national census, claimed by different entities such as the Ceafa (Spanish Alzheimer's Confederation) would serve to reduce the impact of the disease, by specifying the situation of each patient and facilitate administrations making decisions more adapted to the real needs of the group of people affected, their relatives and their caregivers.

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