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29th edition of Dementia in Europe magazine published

Friday 22 February 2019

We are pleased to present the 29th edition of our “Dementia in Europe” magazine. It details some of our recent efforts to ensure dementia remains a European priority, including our December 2018 European Parliament lunch debate on “Dementia as a priority of the EU health programme”; the first meeting of the newly-convened Governmental Expert Group on Dementia, an exciting new initiative aiming to fill the void created when a similar European Commission group was disbanded, mid-2018; the 4th edition of our Alzheimer’s Association Academy; and our 2018 publications -  a yearbook on comparing dementia strategies across Europe and the 2018 and an ethics report promoting intercultural dementia care and support in Europe.

With the May 2019 European elections just around the corner, we asked MEPs in the European Alzheimer’s Alliance about their hopes and plans for the future of the EU. Readers can also learn about our 2019 European Dementia Pledge election campaign, aiming to ensure as many MEPs as possible support us and our members in making dementia a public health priority.

We provide an update on the European Accessibility Act and Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Skills, Social Affairs and Labour Mobility, tells us more about the Work Life Balance provisions associated with the European Social Pillar. Representatives of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018, also spoke to us about some achievements to date and about Alzheimer Europe’s involvement in IMI projects.

Other topic areas in this issue include the upcoming German dementia strategy; an interview with Helga Rohra, a founding member and the first Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD), who recently left the group; public opinion on France’s controversial decision to stop reimbursing anti-dementia drugs; and recent headlines about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its ability to predict Alzheimer’s disease.

Finally, the “spotlight” section takes a looks back at the success of the 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference (#28AEC), in Barcelona. Key presentations at the opening ceremony and the plenary sessions are covered and we also highlight the contributions of people with dementia at the conference.

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Past issues can be freely downloaded here: