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21 March 2016: EWGPWD goes ahead with meeting amidst heightened security measures in Brussels

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 From 21 to 23 March, the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) met in Brussels for a three-day meeting, which was marked by the tragic incidents at the airport and in the metro in Brussels on the morning of Tuesday 22 March.

Everyone was calm and the meeting was carried out as planned, whilst Alzheimer Europe (AE) staff took the necessary measures to ensure that everyone could return home safely.

It was a very productive meeting, during which the members of the group took part in three consultations, made plans for the annual AE conference (26AEC) to be held in Copenhagen later this year, and organised the working procedure for their involvement in AE’s work on the clinical trials database and on the updating of the yearbook and the ethics work on changing definitions of Alzheimer’s disease. AE Director for Projects Dianne Gove and AE Project Officer Ana Diaz provided support and carried out the consultations. They were joined by AE Policy Officer Vanessa Challinor, who gave the group an update on the Accessibility Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

There was some discussion about the upcoming elections for the EWGPWD, which will take place during 26AEC, at the end of October. The EWGPWD and AE would welcome new members to the group. Anyone with dementia who would be potentially interested in joining should contact AE for more information about what is involved and then ask their national Alzheimer association to nominate them before 31 July 2016.



Last Updated: Tuesday 26 April 2016