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Alzheimer Europe responds to EU Green Paper on Ageing

Monday 19 April 2021

Alzheimer Europe has responded to the consultation concerning the EU’s Green Paper on Ageing. In January 2021, as part of its work around demographic change in the EU, the European Commission published its "Green Paper on Ageing", launching a broad policy debate to discuss the challenges and opportunities from ageing demographics, tying into the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and UN Decade for Healthy Ageing. Competences for dealing with the effects of ageing largely reside with Member States, however, the EU is well placed to identify key issues and trends, as well as supporting action through its programmes.

Alzheimer Europe has submitted a response to the consultation on the Green Paper, identifying a broad range of topics and themes, to ensure that the specific needs of people with dementia were addressed. The response highlights:

  • Best-practices identified in the second Joint Action on Dementia (2016-2019) which address key issues relating to ageing demographics
  • Challenges and difficulties regarding the availability of supports and services for people with dementia, especially in rural communities
  • The need for programmes such as EU4Health and Horizon Europe how to focus on improving healthcare systems, particularly in relation to dementia
  • The potential role of the EU and its relevant bodies in supporting implementation of the UNCRPD, Charter of Social Rights, the ECHR etc.
  • The disproportionate effect on women, both as carers and people with dementia, in relation to social security and pensions systems.

You can our full response to the consultation: