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Champions of dementia unite to raise awareness

Tuesday 08 May 2018

As a member of the EWGPWD and a well-known advocate for raising awareness about the different faces of dementia (my favourite slogan being “See the Person not the disease“), I was invited to Vienna (Austria). The founding of a dementia working group was carefully prepared and I was involved in all stages of the process.

I would like to express my immense gratitude to Alzheimer Austria as well as to “Caritas Vienna“ for having given me an advisory function from the very beginning of this process.

My role and books, especially the one entitled “A good life despite dementia“, was aimed at helping my friends, people touched by dementia, to overcome this stigma and join the Austrian group.

Moreover, the media were keen on interviewing me and writing about the group “PROMENZ”.

Innovative and of utmost importance is the fact that the state television “Ö1”, the radio and the main high-class newspapers in Vienna wrote about this event.

The highlight, apart from the founding of the group, was a workshop for pharmaceutical and legal staff on how to become dementia friendly. This workshop was run by the expert of Alzheimer Austria, Monika Krips, myself and people with dementia.

Austria is a country whose example should be followed: People with dementia on stage guided by the EWGPWD.

Many thanks to Alzheimer Europe for their continued support.

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