Challenges in dementia care: Comparing key issues from Brazil and the United Kingdom

Helen Durgante, Milena Contreras, Tamara Backhouse, Angelique Mavrodaris, Michele Gomes Ferreira, Marcus Vinicius Alves, Larissa da Silva Serelli, Leonardo Cruz De Souza, Naoko Kishita

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The United Kingdom-Brazil Dementia Workshop took place in July 2019 in the city of Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, with an interdisciplinary group of health and care professionals from the United Kingdom and from Brazil to address challenges in diagnosis, public perception and care of dementia. The aim of this article is to present the results identified in relation to challenges in the care of dementia, including recommendations that could potentially guide local and State/Municipal authorities and care services for people with dementia in the future. Four key issues were prioritised to identify challenges and generate possible solutions in Brazil and the United Kingdom: I) limitations of current health systems; II) continuous and long-term support for family carers (pre-diagnosis, mourning); III) support for people with advanced dementia and end-of-life care; IV) support for people with young-onset dementia. In both countries, carers feel left without post-diagnostic support; information on the progression of dementia is lacking and some people do not even have a specific diagnosis; encouraging and providing training for carers best manage some of the symptoms is imperative; preparation for end of life care and support carers after the death of their loved ones remains highly needed; strengthening services and qualification of health professionals, also creating protocols to guide dementia-related services represent a common challenge to overcome. The authors outline recommendations according to the issues identified to assist future formulation of adequate policies and services for people with dementia and carers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalDementia & Neuropsychologia
Issue number3
Early online date18 Sep 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Dementia
  • Health care
  • Health programs and plans
  • Healthcare systems

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