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P27. Visions of dementia friendly communities in Europe

Detailed programme and abstracts


The World Young Leaders in Dementia (WYLD) is a global network of young researchers, activists and advocates who use innovative approaches to find solutions to the challenges faced by people with dementia. We propose a parallel session organised by members of WYLD for younger delegates at the conference (under age 40) to bring together members of our network and other young people to seek ambitious and novel perspectives on building dementia friendly communities.

In this workshop we will create an interactive working atmosphere by gathering and visualizing participant’s visions of a Dementia Friendly Community, since Young Leaders will be creating these communities in the future. We will collect and discuss examples of good practice, with a focus an destigmatization and work to raise awareness. Inspiration will come from recent research and dementia-friendly campaigns. The starting point for discussions will be a vision that we must dare to step into the world of people with dementia and learn from them to enhance autonomy, mutual respect and understanding, social inclusion and tailored care and support for people with dementia.

One output of the workshop will be a video, to be shot during the conference. The aims of the video will be: 1: to put our ‘Dementia-Friendly Community workshop’ in an international perspective; 2: to encourage young people to work in the field of dementia. The video will include statements from young professionals about their vision of a dementia friendly community, and their motivation to work in the field of dementia. We hope to repeat the project at future international conferences with other WYLD members to gather statements worldwide.



Last Updated: Tuesday 24 October 2017


  • Acknowledgements

    The 27th AE Conference in Berlin received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). Alzheimer Europe and Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V. gratefully acknowledge the support of all conference sponsors.
  • European Union
  • Roche