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World Alzheimer’s Day: Help make real change happen for people living with dementia

Monday 21 September 2015

World Alzheimer’s Day will be celebrated on 21 September, a day on which Alzheimer-Europe will concentrate its efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. On this occasion we ask you to sign the #GlasgowDeclaration and help make real change happen for people living with dementia!

Alzheimer Europe launched the Glasgow Declaration on 20 October 2014, the same day it was adopted unanimously by delegates from 26 AE member organisations.

The Glasgow Declaration calls for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy and national strategies in every country in Europe. The signatories also call upon world leaders to recognise dementia as a public health priority and to develop a global action plan on dementia.

Dementia should be a public health priority for many reasons:

  • Today, in Europe, dementia affects some 8.7 million citizens aged between 30 and 95+ years of age. But this figure is only the tip of the iceberg as it is estimated that only half of the population with dementia is actually diagnosed;
  • Socio-economic impact: the total cost of dementia disorders in the EU in 2008 was estimated to be EUR 160 billion, of which 56% were costs of informal care;
  • Impact on carers: a survey by Alzheimer Europe found that the time spent on caring increases with disease severity: in the early stages, 20% of carers already reported that they spend more than ten hours per day caring for the person with dementia. This increases to 50% of carers of people with dementia in the late stages of the disease;
  • It is clear that no single country can overcome dementia’s financial and socio-economic impact; this will only be possible through a collective effort. In Europe, there are already many good examples of collaborative initiatives on dementia. The time has come now to bring these initiatives together under a comprehensive European strategy which is what we call for in our Declaration.

We will continue our campaign until 30 November 2015, after which we will present the results at the European Parliament.

Sign the #GlasgowDeclaration today and help make real change happen for people living with dementia! The declaration is available to sign in 16 different European languages.