Alzheimer Europe (AE) has published the 33rd edition of its “Dementia in Europe” policy magazine in an electronic format, for the first time. This decision was taken earlier in 2020, in light of some of the uncertainties around COVID-19 and its impact on service-providers.
The first section of the magazine highlights some of AE’s efforts to ensure dementia remains a European priority. It includes coverage of the organisation’s most recent European Parliament lunch debate, organised together with the Neuronet project and focusing on research collaborations at a European level. This section also looks at some of the work being done by the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) in the area of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research; and two new JPND-funded projects, EUROFINGERS and ADAIR.
The Policy Watch section presents the newly-launched national dementia strategy from Iceland, with input from Icelandic Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, as well as from Alzheimer Iceland; Spain’s recently-published strategy, with feedback from the Confederación Española de Alzheimer (CEAFA); a campaign for change run by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, during the Irish General Election; interviews with new European Alzheimer’s Alliance (EAA) Office Bearers, MEPs Christophe Hansen, Hilde Vautmans and Sirpa Pietikäinen; and some of the key issues around continence care for people with dementia.
The third section of this issue of the Dementia in Europe magazine is “Dementia in Society”, which highlights Dementia Friends programmes across Europe and asks how they continue to engage their networks. It also looks at living well with dementia, in an article written by Finnish member of the EWGPWD, Petri Lampinen, who shares his thoughts on the importance of exercise, diet and careful forward planning. Dutch film director Mischa Kamp then discusses her award-winning film about dementia, Romy’s Salon”, which was released at the start of this year.
Alzheimer Europe is also pleased to present a special section in this edition, drawing attention to the impact of COVID-19 and how AE and its members have been able to respond to it, to ensure they continue to support people with dementia and carers during this difficult period. Also in this special section is a blog-style pieces written by Chris Roberts, Vice-Chairperson of the EWGPWD and his wife and supporter, Jayne Goodrick, about how they have been coping during the pandemic.
You can view the magazine online, here: https://bit.ly/DementiaInEurope33Online
You can download the PDF, here: https://bit.ly/DementiaInEurope33PDF
The entire back catalogue of Dementia in Europe magazines is also now available in this new electronic format, on the AE website: http://bit.ly/DementiaInEurope