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PACE consortium meets in Helsinki to discuss project progress

Monday 23 May 2016

On 23-24 May in Helsinki, Finland, the EU-funded project PACE - Comparing Palliative Care in Care Homes Across Europe held a General Assembly and a Consortium Meeting, including an Impact and Dissemination meeting.

During the two-day Consortium Meeting, speakers from different Work Packages (WP1, WP2, WP4, WP6 and WP8) presented their progress so far, including some preliminary results. Interestingly, some such results showed that, in the countries surveyed so far, the majority of people dying in care homes have dementia, with statistics between 58% and 83%.

It was also mentioned during these meetings that PACE has recently published its first paper and that the project was also presented at the 31st Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) conference, in Budapest, where Dr Jenny van der Steen spoke during the Plenary session on 22 April, and at the Dutch EU Presidency conference “Living well with(out) dementia” on 10 May.

Alzheimer Europe (AE), a partner in PACE’s “Impact and Dissemination” Work Package (WP8), was represented by Director for Projects Dianne Gove and Communications Officer Kate Boor Ellis at these meetings. WP8 held its own meeting on 24 May, to discuss progress made and agree on some future plans. The group agreed on the important points to present to the full consortium meeting that afternoon, as well as agreeing on three future user fora, results from which will inform project deliverable 8.4, the Policy Recommendations, planned for January 2019. AGE Platform Europe held the first user forum in September 2015 and will hold a second one on 15 June 2016 - for which subscriptions are still open until 14 June – and a third in early 2017. AE will hold a user forum more specific to people with dementia in mid-2017, which will be followed by a meeting with the researchers and the Impact and Dissemination group to develop the Policy Recommendations.

You can subscribe to the PACE newsletter to keep up to date with progress, and can find more information about the project also, on the project website: http://www.eupace.eu/

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