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European Working Group of People with Dementia calls on people to sign the Glasgow Declaration

Thursday 22 October 2015

Sign the Glasgow Declaration

Helen Rochford Brennan, Vice-Chair of the European Working Group of People With Dementia (EWGPWD), on why the group thinks our Glasgow Declaration is so important:

Albert Einstein once said “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”.  The European Working Group of People with Dementia works to create opportunities out of our difficulties. Together we have the courage to stand up and say dementia is a critical issue and it must have the attention it deserves.  However, most importantly we want to be part of the solution. This is why the European Working Group is asking people to join with us and sign the Glasgow Declaration. We believe that dementia needs to be higher on the EU agenda and the Glasgow Declaration can make this a reality. 

The Glasgow Declaration calls for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy and national strategies in every country in Europe. As members of the Working Group we know that where there are strategies in place in a country it can bring meaningful change to people’s lives.  With the support of a European Strategy imagine the strides that can be made together.

The Declaration also calls upon world leaders to recognise dementia as a public health priority and to develop a global action plan on dementia. We are the voice of people living with dementia and it is important that we are listened to so that we can influence others’ experiences of dementia now and in the future, but we need political will.

If you believe like we do that dementia must be a European priority please join us and sign!