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Alzheimer Europe organises a lunch-debate at the European Parliament

Tuesday 07 November 2006

On 7 November 2006, on the occasion of the centenary of Alois Alzheimer's discovery of the disease that was to bear his name, Alzheimer Europe organised a lunch-debate in the European Parliament in Brussels. It was very well attended with over 20 participants from different European institutions, including Georgina Georgiou from the Cabinet of Commissioner Kyprianou and 12 Members of the European Parliament as well as a further 6 assistants of other MEPs who were unable to attend the meeting themselves.

At the meeting, Alzheimer Europe presented the first edition of its Dementia in Europe Yearbook which contains information on the prevalence of dementia in Europe, on the reimbursement of anti-dementia drugs and on the provision of home care. We included comparative reports on these three issues, as well as national reports for 31 European countries (25 EU Member States and Bulgaria, Iceland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey).

Alzheimer Europe launched the Paris Declaration on the political priorities of the Alzheimer Movement and a report entitled Dementia in Europe at a meeting in the European Parliament hosted by Astrid Lulling, MEP (Luxembourg).

In this Declaration, Alzheimer Europe outlines the political priorities of the European Alzheimer movement and issues a call for action to improve the situation of the 5.8 million European citizens living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, as well as that of their informal or family carers. In particular, the declaration calls on European and national policy makers to:

  • make Alzheimer's disease a public health priority by developing national and European action programmes on Alzheimer's disease and by increasing the funding of research into the causes, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,
  • promote the early diagnosis of the disease by developing awareness campaigns on Alzheimer's disease and making dementia a compulsory part of medical training,
  • improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers through the development of support and respite services and increased financial support for these services,
  • promote the autonomy and dignity of people with dementia through systematic information of people diagnosed, the recognition of advance directives and improvements to existing guardianship systems.