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The Glasgow Declaration continues to influence European dementia policy

Wednesday 20 January 2016

On 20 January, Alzheimer Europe (AE)’s Glasgow Declaration was once again at the forefront of European dementia policy, during a debate at the Welsh Senedd (Welsh National Assembly) on Wales’ forthcoming National Dementia Strategy.

Welsh Labour politician Lynn Neagle commended Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) for signing the Declaration last year, which she said “commits to developing national strategies and firmly lays the next steps for tackling the dementia challenge.” The Minister himself said, of the new strategy itself, “We want to root it in the Glasgow Declaration and the lessons we can gain worldwide, and, by drawing on that widest possible range of expertise, to create a plan for dementia here in Wales that will be at the forefront of what is possible in a modern health and social care service such as ours, and rooted in that wider ambition to create a more compassionate and dementia-friendly society.”

The hope is to have the plan in place by end of 2016.