Dear colleagues and friends,
We are delighted to welcome you to the 24th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland from 20-22 October 2014.
The theme for this year is “Dignity and autonomy in dementia”. The conference will explore how recognising the human rights of people with dementia, their carers, partners and families is key to ensuring dignity and respect, as well as overcoming stigma. The event will also showcase best practice in informing and empowering those affected by dementia to make vital decisions regarding their own support and care needs, as well as supporting their participation at local, national and international level in shaping health and social care policies. The role of peer support and Dementia Friendly Communities will also be addressed.
By putting dignity and autonomy at the heart of this year’s conference, we want to demonstrate the responsibility of national and international policymakers, local decision-makers, health and social care professionals and all of society in making change happen for people with dementia.
The annual Alzheimer Europe conference is, as ever, unique in bringing together a range of participants, including people with dementia and their carers, policy makers and civil servants, care and health professionals, academics and researchers, staff and volunteers of Alzheimer associations and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. In this context, we would also like to thank the European Union for the generous support provided via the health programme for our conference.
We launched our call for abstracts and received as more submissions than in recent years, ensuring we will be able to organise an inspirational programme. We hope that you will share your research, projects, initiatives and activities and learn from (and exchange with) other participants to help us in ensuring dignity and autonomy for everyone affected by dementia.
Heike von Lützau-Hohlbein
Last Updated: Thursday 24 July 2014