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Dementia in Europe issue 33 published as an e-magazine

Tuesday 09 June 2020

Alzheimer Europe has published the 33rd edition of its “Dementia in Europe” policy magazine in an electronic format, for the first time. This decision was taken earlier in 2020, in light of some of the uncertainties around COVID-19 and its impact on service-providers. The first section of the magazine highlights some of our efforts to ensure dementia remains a European priority. It includes coverage of our most recent lunch debate, organised together with the Neuronet project and focusing on research collaborations at a European level; some of the work being done by the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) in the area of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research; and two new JPND-funded projects, EUROFINGERS and ADAIR.

The Policy Watch section presents the newly-launched national dementia strategy from Iceland, with input from Icelandic Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, as well as from Alzheimer Iceland; Spain’s recently-published strategy, with feedback from the Confederación Española de Alzheimer (CEAFA); a campaign for change run by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, during the Irish General Election; interviews with new European Alzheimer’s Alliance (EAA) Office Bearers, MEPs Christophe Hansen, Hilde Vautmans and Sirpa Pietikäinen; and some of  the key issues around continence care for people with dementia.

Our third section, Dementia in Society, covers Dementia Friends programmes across Europe and how they continue to engage their networks. It also looks at living well with dementia, in an article written by Finnish member of the EWGPWD, Petri Lampinen, who shares his thoughts on the importance of exercise, diet and careful planning. Dutch film director Mischa Kamp then discusses her award-winning film about dementia, Romy’s Salon”, which was released at the start of this year.

Alzheimer Europe is also pleased to present a special section, drawing attention to the impact of COVID-19 and how we and our members have been able to respond to it, to ensure we continue to support people with dementia and carers during this difficult period. We also spoke to Chris Roberts, Vice-Chairperson of the EWGPWD and his wife and supporter, Jayne Goodrick about how they have been coping during the pandemic. The magazine is being e-mailed to all Alzheimer Europe’s usual magazine contacts, including every MEP. It is also being shared on our website and social media accounts.

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The entire back catalogue of Dementia in Europe magazines is also now available in this new electronic format, on our website: