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2018: Comparsion of National Dementia Strategies

Background to the report

Alzheimer Europe has developed this report as part of our 2018 Work Plan 1, which has received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme.

For years, Alzheimer Europe has worked with national member organisations to ensure that dementia is recognised as a national priority in every country in Europe, whilst continually working towards dementia being made a priority at the European level. At the 24th Alzheimer Europe conference in Glasgow in 2014, the Glasgow Declaration was launched, calling for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy and for the development of national strategies in every European country. The signatories also called upon world leaders to recognise dementia as a public health priority and to develop a global action plan on dementia.

This report examines dementia strategies (or national plans) across European countries, with a specific view to providing a comparative overview of the priorities and areas of focus in relation to dementia. In doing so, it is possible to establish not only what areas of dementia policy and practice are being prioritised by national governments, but also the diversity of approaches to issues such as diagnosis, care and treatment, and research.

The information contained within this report was taken directly from the national strategies of each country, with a primary focus on the explicit commitments and actions contained within the documents.

The report analysed information from 21 national dementia strategies, as well as two national neurodegenerative strategies . For Belgium and the United Kingdom (UK), the sub-state level strategies are provided (i.e. Flanders in Belgium, and England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the UK).

In compiling this information, we liaised with member organisations at the national level to confirm our analysis and understanding of the national strategies were correct and to ensure that, where we had used un official translations, meanings had not been altered during the translation.

Members of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD)2 were invited to share their views on dementia strategies within their countries. We did not specify an area of focus, allowing people with dementia to comment on aspects such as:

  • If/how they were involved in the process of developing the dementia strategy in their country.
  • Any programme of work originating from the strategy that they had been involved in or had benefited from.
  • Any thoughts on what they would have liked to have seen within their country’s strategy and/or what they believed should be the focus of future strategies.


1            Alzheimer Europe is a non-governmental organisation aiming to raise awareness of all forms of dementia. As of December 2018, Alzheimer Europe has 42 member associations from 37 countries. For further information please visit:

2           In 2012, Alzheimer Europe set up the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD), comprised of people with different forms of dementia and of different ages and nationalities, to advise the board of Alzheimer Europe (through the Chair of the EWGPWD) and to participate (either as a group or through individual members) in all activities and projects organised by Europe Alzheimer.



Last Updated: Thursday 25 April 2019


  • Acknowledgements

    This report received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). The content of the Yearbook represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains
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