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Alzheimer Europe online Annual General Meeting adopts new Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Monday 14 June 2021

Alzheimer Europe’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online, on 14 June 2021. Alzheimer Europe Chairperson Iva Holmerová chaired the event, which was attended by representatives of Alzheimer Europe's member associations, the Alzheimer Europe Board and staff, as well as a number of observers. 30 out of 35 full (voting) member organisations were present, as was one provisional member associations. In all, 31 countries were represented at the meeting.

The AGM began by adopting the agenda and then the minutes of the previous AGM, of 5 October 2020. Attendees then heard from the organisation's Honorary Secretary Jim Pearson, about our 2020 activities. Honorary Treasurer Marco Blom followed, sharing details of the finances for 2020, after which the AGM voted to approve the 2020 Annual and Financial Report (publication date: 30 June 2021).

After a short break, the meeting heard an address by the Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD), Chris Roberts. He spoke about some of the group's advocacy and research work during 2020 and about the challenges faced by members of the group, during the global COVID pandemic. He expressed the immense gratitude of the EWGPWD for the support provided by Alzheimer Europe, allowing the group to continue its important work during this difficult time. He said that the work had become a 'lifeline', to many in the EWGPWD, during lockdown in particular.

Following this address, was a presentation of our new Strategic Plan 2021-2025, given by Executive Director Jean Georges. The AGM voted to adopt the plan, and the agreed strategic objectives for this five-year period, are:

• Providing a voice to people with dementia and their carers

• Making dementia a European priority

• Changing perceptions and combatting stigma

• Raising awareness of brain health and prevention

• Strengthening the European dementia movement

• Supporting dementia research.

Jean Georges also presented our 2022 Work Plan and budget, both of which were also adopted. In closing, Owen Miller, Policy Officer, gave delegates an update on recent EU developments in the field of dementia.

Thank you to all delegates, speakers and observers who joined our AGM. It is always an inspiration to see the European Dementia Movement in action and while there are some very busy and challenging times ahead, we are optimistic that we can carry out our ambitious plans, by working together.

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