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April 2013: EWGPWD holds third meeting in Brussels

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The European Working Group of People with Dementia held its third meeting on 12 April in Brussels. Ten of the eleven members of the group were in attendance, along with their carers and a representative from Alzheimer Europe. Led by Chairperson Helga Rohra, the group covered a busy agenda that included updates on recent activities, the election of a new Vice-Chair and planning for the Malta conference.

The meeting began with an update from the AE board meeting in February 2013. During this discussion, the EWGPWD decided to make several proposals during the next AE board meeting in June. The members also agreed that their Board should prepare a document listing the objectives of the EWGPWD.

The group then held elections for the vacant post of Vice-Chairperson, following the resignation of Jan Frederik Meijer in January 2013. Three candidates agreed to stand and Nina Balackova won the election on the second round. She joins the EWGPWD Board alongside Jean-Pierre Frognet and Agnes Houston, the other two Vice-Chairs of the group.

Alzheimer Europe's 23rd Annual Conference will take place in Malta in October. The EWGPWD will be represented in several ways and these were all discussed during the meeting. Nina Balackova will be a keynote speaker during the third plenary session: as the youngest member of the group, she intends to raise awareness that young people can have dementia too. Stig Atle Aavik has agreed to be her stand-by if needed. The group also discussed the possibility of having a poster, while AE agreed to produce a leaflet on behalf of the group. This year, the Conference will feature a special session organised by the EWGPWD. The group is still discussing the content of this session, which will be open to all delegates.

The next meeting of the EWGPWD will take place on 9 October 2013 in Malta.


EWGPWD April 2013


Last Updated: Friday 26 April 2013