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January 2013: Jan Frederik Meijer resigns from EWGPWD

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Jan Frederik Meijer, Vice Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia, has resigned from the Group following a second opinion that contradicted his initial dementia diagnosis.

Mr Meijer’s second opinion concluded that he is not suffering from any form of dementia. It was issued at VU University Medical Center (VUmc) in Amsterdam, an institution that specialises in dementia at younger ages. Jan Frederik was initially diagnosed four years ago at the age of 58.

Alzheimer Europe was very pleased to hear that Jan Frederik is not living with dementia. This highlights once again the importance of obtaining an early and accurate diagnosis, for all age groups. It is particularly critical in younger people like Jan Frederik, where dementia is less prevalent but often more difficult to diagnose.

The EWGPWD was very glad to have Jan Frederik in the group, even for such a short time. The remaining members, along with everyone at Alzheimer Europe, thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best for the future.



Last Updated: Friday 08 February 2013