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Alzheimer Europe hosts online meeting of members to discuss responses to COVID-19

Thursday 02 April 2020

Alzheimer Europe hosted an online meeting of its members to discuss their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting, attended by 22 associations, allowed members to discuss how they were operating during the crisis, as well as sharing examples of how they were continuing to support people with dementia and their carers throughout the pandemic. During the meeting, Alzheimer Europe outlined work it had carried out to date, including the meeting of the Governmental Experts on Dementia which had been held on 24 March, as well as the dedicated section on its website which contains resources and information related to COVID-19. Additionally, members were asked to contribute to the development of a position paper that Alzheimer Europe was drafting in relation to the allocation of medical resources for intensive care during the pandemic.

Members then used the opportunity to share their ongoing work to support people with dementia. Whilst national organisations are unable to deliver services such as daycare or in-person supports as a result of restrictions, many organisations are utilising phone and video technologies to offer some level of support, as well as publishing information and resources online. A number of members also highlighted that they continued to engage with decision makers to ensure that the rights of people with dementia were upheld during the crisis, particularly in relation to decisions on health and social care. Alzheimer Europe’s collation of different links to relevant COVID-19 resources can be found here: