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EWGPWD says farewell to Alv Orheim and Karin Gustafsson, and hello to Tomaž Gržinič

Saturday 27 January 2018

During a meeting of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD), in December 2017, the group and Alzheimer Europe staff bid a very fond farewell to Alv Orheim from Norway who had been a member of the group since 2015 and was appointed Vice- Chairperson in October 2016.

Alv was born in 1947 in Bergen, Norway. He holds an MSc in Economic Geology from the Norwegian University for Science and Technology in Trondheim. He worked in coal mining and petroleum exploration for 35 years, with the last 10 years as an independent consultant. He was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2009 and joined the Norwegian Working Group for People with Dementia in 2014 and subsequently the EWGPWD in 2015.

On 27 January, Alzheimer Europe received news that Karin Gustafsson has also decided to leave the group. Karin became a member in October 2015, attending meetings with her husband and carer, Lars.

The members of the EWGPWD as well as everyone at Alzheimer Europe thank Alv and Karin for their excellent contributions during their time with the group and also give thanks to Alv’s wife Berit and Karin’s husband Lars for their support and involvement.

On a happier note, during the December 2017 EWGPWD meeting, the group welcomed a new member from Slovenia, Tomaž Gržinič. He is supported by Alenka, a staff member from Spominčica (Alzheimer Slovenia).

Tomaž was born in Ljubljana in 1952. His education was in graphic and art editing and most of the life he has been an employee at a famous Slovenian graphic company. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia in 2016. He is married and has 2 children, a daughter and a son. He joined the Slovenian Working Group for People with Dementia in 2017 and was also elected President of the group. He was nominated by Spominčica - Alzheimer Slovenia.


1)    Alv and his wife Berit during the December 2017 meeting of the EWGPWD in Brussels.

2)    Karin and Lars attending AE meetings in Brussels, February 2016