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Governmental Experts on Dementia meet online to discuss COVID-19 and dementia

Tuesday 24 March 2020

On 24 March, following the suggestion of the Scottish Government, Alzheimer Europe organised and hosted an online meeting of the European Group of Governmental Experts on Dementia to discuss the responses of countries to COVID-19. In particular, the meeting focused on how governments were ensuring that people with dementia continued to be supported during the extenuating circumstances. A total of 20 people were present on the call, with representatives from Austria, Belgium – Flanders, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom – Scotland, all participating in the online meeting.

Additionally, observers from Alzheimer Europe, the European Commission (both DG RTD and DG Sante), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were present. Countries exchanged information and resources about from their respective countries, including information on the current context of the country and good practice examples for people with dementia or other vulnerable populations (e.g. easy read communications). Other topics of conversation included how to ensure persons with dementia and their carers did not become isolated in countries where lockdown measures had been implemented. Alzheimer Europe collected the links and resources exchanged by members on an online platform to allow members of the group to have a single reference point for resources and actions taking place in other countries. Members will be able to share and upload resources on an ongoing basis on this platform.