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Keith Taylor (UK)

MEPs speak out on dementia

Keith Taylor co-hosted a lunch debate in the European Parliament on 11 October alongside Marina Yannakoudakis, MEP (UK). The event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in the UK (APPG) and the Alzheimer’s Society. The APPG and the Alzheimer’s Society presented the findings of their 2011 inquiry "The £20 billion question: An inquiry into improving lives through cost-effective dementia services". Mr Taylor welcomed the event as a valuable opportunity to share best practice and knowledge at EU level on this crucial issue.

The enquiry found that shifting resources away from hospitals into community-based services can improve the quality of life of the people with dementia and bring savings to the health and social care systems. This can cover early intervention services, carer support services, mental health liaison teams for older people and prevention services.

The lunch-debate was well-attended, with representatives from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament Permanent Representations to the EU, Belgian policy makers and social care professionals, health professionals, Alzheimer’s disease associations, NGOs and industry.

The event was moderated by John Bowis, former MEP and former Member of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance, now Ambassador to the Alzheimer’s Society.



Last Updated: Friday 30 March 2012