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Ethical questions pose challenges in the everyday lives of informal and professional carers as well as of people with dementia themselves. Ethical principles and related concepts such as dignity, solidarity, autonomy, dignity and personhood  are all relevant to the care and wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers but also to other members of society such as the general public, service providers and policy makers. 


European Dementia Ethics Network

The European Dementia Ethics Network aims to become a reference point on ethical issues in the care and treatment of people with dementia, and to promote wider reflection about ethical issues related to the care and wellbeing of people with dementia. 

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Definitions and approaches

Broadly speaking, ethics is a branch of philosophy which seeks to address issues related to concepts of right and wrong. Read more about important ethical concepts and approaches.

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Ethical issues in practice

This section provides more in-depth discussions of some of the ethical issues raised by the care of people with dementia. Find out more about ethical principles and advance directives, the involevement of people with dementia in research, restrictions of liberty and end-of-life care.

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Database of initiatives for intercultural care and support

Find out more about innovative intercultural services, support and materials for people with dementia and carers in Europe.

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Last Updated: Thursday 13 November 2014

  • Acknowledgements

    Alzheimer Europe gratefully acknowledges the support of the German Ministry of Health for the implementation of the Dementia Ethics Network.
  • Bundesministerium für Gesundheit