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AE holds a lunch debate on the ALCOVE project

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Marisa Matias, MEP (Portugal) hosted Alzheimer Europe's latest lunch debate in Brussels. The debate attracted more than 40 participants and focused on the results of ALCOVE, the European Joint Action on Alzheimer's disease. The main presentation was made by Dr. Armelle Leperre-Desplanques, project leader and Manager of the Department of Pilot Programmes at the French Ministry of Health. She was followed by Bénédicte Gombault from the King Baudouin Foundation, who presented the project's recommendations for advance care planning.

ALCOVE, the two-year Joint Action on Alzheimer Cooperative Valuation in Europe, involved 30 partners from the health and scientific authorities of 19 countries. Their aim was to improve knowledge on dementia and its consequences, as well as promote the exchange of information to preserve health, quality of life, autonomy and dignity of people living with dementia and their carers in Europe. They also explored ways to prevent excessive prescription of psychotropic drugs to people with dementia.

MEPs Martina Anderson, Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland) and Angelika Werthmann (Austria) all attended the debate and Marina Yannakoudakis (UK) was represented by her assistant. These MEPS are all members of EAA, the European Alzheimer's Alliance. There were also representatives from the European Commission, the pharmaceutical industry and 12 member associations of Alzheimer Europe.

The next lunch debate will take place on 3 December 2013. Additional information about ALCOVE is available on the project website.