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Political Priorities

Paris Declaration - 2006

Alzheimer Europe and its member organisations call upon the European Union, the World Health Organisation, the Council of Europe and national governments to:

  • Recognise Alzheimer's disease as a major public health challenge and to develop European, International and national action programmes,
  • Dedicate a European Parliament report and resolution on the state of dementia care, treatment and research in Europe,
  • Recognise Alzheimer's disease as a major health scourge within the meaning of Article 152 of the EC Treaty and to develop a Community action programme on Alzheimer's disease,
  • Investigate the possibility of providing core finding to Alzheimer Europe for the exchange of information and best practices between national Alzheimer associations.
  • Make dementia a compulsory part of medical training,
  • Support awareness campaigns targeted at the general public to improve the recognition of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease,
  • Continue to make available existing treatments under their national reimbursement systems,
  • Support a survey on the existing inequalities of access to available treatments for Alzheimer's disease,
  • Foster pan-European research into the causes, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,
  • Increase the funding for Alzheimer's research and support collaboration of national research centres,
  • Promote the role of Alzheimer associations towards the medical profession so that people diagnosed are systematically informed about Alzheimer associations and the services they provide,
  • Recognise the important contributions provided by Alzheimer associations and to provide financial support to them,
  • Recognise the significant burden of carers of people with dementia and to support the development of adequate respite services,
  • Develop and support a whole range of services for people with dementia ,
  • Adequately support people with dementia and their carers to allow them to make use of existing services,
  • Extend the Open Method of Coordination to the question of long-term care and to exchange best practices on a national level,
  • Reinforce medical codes to ensure people with dementia are adequately informed about their diagnosis,
  • Exchange ebst practices with regard to national guardianship systems,
  • Provide a clear statutory basis for effective advance directives with appropriate safeguards



Last Updated: Wednesday 01 July 2009