Health-EU Newsletter - Sharing knowledge to advance dementia care in Europe

Issue 96, 21 September 2012

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Sharing knowledge to advance dementia care in Europe

By Dr Armelle Leperre-Desplanques, project leader of ALCOVE – ALzheimer COperative Valuation In Europe

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (AD) affect 7 million Europeans and 20 million family carers. These numbers will double between now and 2040. September 2012 marks the first global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. The theme of this year is ‘Dementia, Living together’.


Given its high prevalence, cost and profound impact on society, dementia is an EU public health priority. Improving care and quality of life for people living with AD and their carers are urgent priorities as well as limiting the burden of the loss of autonomy and encouraging citizen and intergenerational solidarity.


The Joint Action ALCOVE's objective is to share dementia-related knowledge in public health, the organisation of care, clinical care, and ethics. This Joint Action is supported by Member States, health professionals and patient associations, and complements other EU initiatives on dementia and healthy aging.


In March 2013, ALCOVE’s 19 European countries will present their conclusions with knowledge that could benefit each Member State. The ALCOVE toolbox and its benchmarks will facilitate the implementation of public health actions including antipsychotic risk prevention.


As our societies and solidarity systems face the challenge of dementia, the pooling of knowledge and experiences is crucial. European mobilisation around dementia is an expression of this need and mutual interest.

News from the EU

Pan-EU 'Ex–smokers are Unstoppable' campaign, new partnership with FC Barcelona and app for mobile phones launched

European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli and FC Barcelona President, Mr Sandro Rosell, have joined forces to reduce the burden of smoking in a partnership christened 'Quit Smoking with Barça'.

ECDC guidance on HPV vaccination says focus should be on reaching all girls

European agency recommends routine HPV vaccination to target girls between ages 10-14 before the onset of sexual activity and to be administered in three doses within six months.

New rules for importing active pharmaceutical ingredients

The European Union has reformed the rules for importing into the EU active substances for medicinal products for human use.

Project compares cities’ health data

The Miniature Cities project aims to make comparisons in relation to a range of themes – health, lifestyle, culture and the environment, and to give new insights in relation to health and inequalities among participating cities and more widely across Europe.

EU drugs and medicines agencies amend working arrangement in light of recent legislation

Thanks to an amended working arrangement signed in Lisbon by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), exchanging information on new psychoactive substances and abused medicines is enhanced.

European Parliament report on mental health in times of crisis

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the workshop on 'Mental health in times of economic crisis', held at the European Parliament in Brussels in June 2012.

Reporting from across Europe

United Kingdom


Starting on 1 October, backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, 'Stoptober' is the first ever 28-day mass quit attempt for smokers, to encourage the UK's eight million smokers to make the step towards a smoke-free future.


Health and illness of the older generation in Austria

On the occasion of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the Ministry of Health and the Austrian Senior Citizens have produced a report. It is the first comprehensive data-based representation of health and disease of the elderly in Austria.

EU Press Releases

Cypriot presidency conference on 'Health Ageing Across the Life Cycle'

‘Health protection throughout the lifecycle can lead to healthy ageing’ was the conclusion of this Cypriot presidency conference.

Forthcoming Events

The Global Healthcare Summit 2012 (London, 29-30 November 2012)

John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, is one of many speakers participating. He will share his views on the healthcare issues faced by EU countries.

European Health Forum Gastein (Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 3-6 October 2012)

The European Health Forum Gastein is the most important health policy event in the European Union and is a meeting place for experts from different sections of the health system.

New Publications

Guidelines for the surveillance of invasive mosquitoes in Europe

Guidelines by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) supporting the implementation of tailored surveillance for invasive mosquito species of public health relevance.

Health policy responses to the financial crisis in Europe

Publication by the WHO showing how the response to the economic crisis across the European Region varies across health systems.

Intersectoral governance for health in all policies – Structures, actions and experiences

Publication from the World Health Organization (WHO) captures the research on how intersectoral governance structures operate. It provides accessible and relevant examples for policymakers of the governance tools and instruments available, and over 20 mini case studies.

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World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September Dementia, Living together

Activities at EU level

Health-EU – Mental health

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Public Health – Mental health

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers


Report highlights concerns about medicating people with dementia

A new research report 'Medication use in patients with dementia at the end of life', published by the Centre for Ageing Research & Development in Ireland (CARDI), finds considerable uncertainty and variation in the medicines doctors say they would prescribe for people with dementia at the end of life when presented with clinical scenarios.

22nd Alzheimer Europe Conference ‘Changing perceptions, practice and policy’ (Vienna, 4-6 October 2012)

The conference focuses on initiatives promoting early diagnosis and holistic care approaches, on staff training and attitudes and on services putting people with dementia at the centre from diagnosis to the end of life.

Other interesting links

Alzheimer Europe – Raising awareness of all forms of dementia

EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

DECIDE – Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment

INTERLINKS – A Europe-wide resource that aims to improve long-term care for older people

SHARE – Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium – A network of European centres of excellence working in the field of Alzheimer's disease.

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