About Act on Dementia

The provision and quality of services for people living with dementia and their carers have improved but they are not consistent across European Members States.

Act on Dementia is a 3 year EU Joint Action which began in March 2016 . The aim of the Act on Dementia Joint Action is to promote collaborative actions among Member States to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. It will provide practical guidance for policymakers developing and implementing their national dementia plans, policies and strategies. It aims to provide cost-effective and practical examples of the core components of good dementia diagnosis, care and support.

Joint actions are a financial mechanism in the Health Programme to cover specific health-policy needs. They support EU cooperation with an important number of partners which are either competent health authorities in the Member States or other organisations designated by these competent authorities. Joint actions generate momentum for wider impact; gain for the Member States involved is substantial in terms of knowledge and experience exchanged. Joint actions are grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities.

University of Lyon

Diagnosis and post-diagnostic support

University of Lyon

Pierre Krolak-Salmon

Crisis and Care Coordination

Italian Institute for Health and the Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport

Nicola Vanacore / Jacqueline Hoogendam

Ageing and Health

Residential Care

Norwegian National Advisory Unit

Oyvind Kirkevold

Department of Health

Dementia Friendly Communities

Department of Health

David Nuttall


Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia

Maria-Dolors Estrada Sabadell


The Scottish Government

Gillian Barclay


The Scottish Government

Geoff Huggins

Beneficiaries and collaborating stakeholders

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Make it happen

Once the evidence reviews were completed, work packages turned their attention to identifying which best practices to test and in which healthcare settings and geographical locations.  More information will become available here as this work progresses.

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