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1997: Rural areas

Completed projects


People who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (or another form of dementia) and who live in rural areas may encounter problems in obtaining a diagnosis, receiving adequate and appropriate care, and benefiting from services and facilities that are available in other areas. The problems encountered and the reasons behind these problems differ from one area to another, but may, for example, be linked to the physical features of the geographical area, political decisions affecting the distribution of funds or services and attitudes resulting from living in a close knit or isolated community.

There are rural areas in many countries. Some share certain characteristics such as being cut off for weeks or months per year, having difficulties with transport and having to deal with a lack of facilities. We were therefore interested in sharing the experience and knowledge of people with dementia, carers, service providers and Alzheimer associations from rural areas in different European countries.

Funding and duration

As a partner in a project organised by EACH (European Alzheimer Clearing House), Alzheimer Europe was responsible for writing a report in 1997 about people with dementia in rural areas. This was funded by the European Commission under the programme “Actions in favour of people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, more particularly Alzheimer type (DAT) and related disorders and their (informal) carers”.


The main goals were to examine the problems experienced by people with dementia and their carers in rural areas and to consider possible solutions.


Information was collected from our member associations and experts in this domain and a meeting was held in 1997 in Helsinki to discuss relevant issues. A report was then drafted, sent to member associations for comment, amended and completed.


The report examines the problems in different countries (e.g. lack of services, inadequate social infrastructure, lack of information and cost) and possible solutions (e.g. linked to home care, day care centres, transport, nursing homes, information and financing).



Last Updated: Wednesday 25 April 2012