Marina Yannakoudakis (UK)
MEPs speak out on dementia
On 11 October 2011, Marina Yannakoudakis co-hosted the APPG / Alzheimer’s Society lunch debate along with Keith Taylor, MEP (UK).
Ms Yannakoudakis was shadow rapporteur for the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group for the European Parliament Resolution on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease. She reminded the audience about the necessity to increase awareness about dementia, the importance of early diagnosis and the need to increase research in dementia.
On 21 October, Ms Yannakoudakis organised a European information event at Europe House in London to discuss Alzheimer’s disease with Dr. Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK as guest speaker. The event focused on developing new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Ms Yannakoudakis said that increasing awareness about the disease can help early diagnosis which in turn will lessen the effects of the disease while reducing healthcare costs. She added that best practices needed to be shared at EU level and research should be pooled to better use the resources. In spite of all efforts made, Ms Yannakoudakis called on the EU to dedicate more funding for dementia research.
Dr Ridley reminded the audience that dementia is not a normal part of ageing;.it is caused by brain diseases which can be beaten with enough research.
Marina Yannakoudakis, MEP (UK), attended the last quarterly meeting of England's Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) held on the 30th May in London. The DAA brings together over 120 organisations from across the not for profit, private and statutory sectors to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia. The Alliance takes a voluntary and organic approach to bringing change with each member committing to specific actions such as training staff and conducting research, and then holding each other to account on fulfilling them.
Members meet quarterly to exchange good practice and listen to keynote speakers. At this meeting, members listened to Senior Civil Servant David Behan and British celebrity Angela Rippon describe Prime Minister David Cameron’s Challenge on Dementia and how members could get involved. Ms. Yannakoudakis received feedback from members and people living with dementia on the strengths of the Challenge and its possible implications for work at a European level.
Last Updated: mercredi 06 février 2013