2020 Alzheimer Europe Report: Dementia as a European Priority – A Policy Overview

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This Alzheimer Europe electronic publication, “Dementia as a European Priority – A Policy Overview” takes stock of dementia policy at an EU level and sets out recommendations for future priorities across Europe. In the report, Alzheimer Europe also highlights some of its key activities in campaigning for change, as well as the work it has coordinated and participated in, along with its national member associations, to raise the profile of the condition and build an evidence base to make the case for the prioritisation of dementia

Despite the progress made and the knowledge generated, the report highlights that people living with dementia continue to face a number of challenges. These challenges, which concern wider society too, include the increase in the number of people living with dementia (estimated to double by 2050) and the societal and economic cost of dementia.

As a result, the report sets out a number of recommendations for the EU, outlining specific areas in which dementia should be prioritised across international, health, research and social policy.

Recommendations include:

  • Prioritising dementia research in EU Research Programmes (including Horizon Europe), providing a fair allocation of resources and funding for existing programmes and better coordination between programmes
  • Prioritising dementia within policies relating to chronic diseases, mental health and ageing, both at an EU and national level
  • Supporting Member States to work towards the implementation of the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Dementia 2017–2025
  • Recognising dementia as a disability and including dementia in disability policies.

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Alzheimer Europe (2020). Dementia as a European Priority – A Policy Overview. ISBN 978-2-9199578-5-9, Luxembourg, Alzheimer Europe