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Alzheimer Slovenia is working with MEPs and national policymakers to ensure dementia is a priority

Wednesday 05 February 2020

In the latter part of 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and non-governmental organisation Spominčica-Alzheimer Slovenia co-organised an event entitled ”Status and challenges of Alzheimer's disease in Slovenia”. The main objectives of this meeting were: destigmatising dementia; raising awareness; improving timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease; and, additionally, encouraging networking among various departments, stakeholders, experts and non-governmental organisations in Slovenia. Some of the high-profile participants at the event were representatives of the Ministry for Social Affairs and of the Ministry for Health, as well as noted Slovenian professionals in the dementia field. The meeting also included discussion with Slovenian MEPs Romana Tomc, Milan Brglez and Klemen Grošelj, all of whom are members of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance. They each presented their views and lent their support to activities aiming to reduce stigma and to provide better care for people with dementia and their families.

Challenges regarding epidemiological monitoring of dementia were also presented at the 2019 event, emphasising the importance of early recognition of the disease and early treatment of dementia, which can potentially slow down its progression. There was also an interactive discourse about the availability of medical and social care in Slovenia. Spominčica-Alzheimer Slovenia is pleased to continue to have close links with Slovenia’s European and national policymakers, who are instrumental in ensuring positive change for people with dementia, in Slovenia and beyond. The organisation is also pleased to report that, in the future, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) intends to focus more on dementia, since it is being recognised more and more as a priority area of public health.