On the evening of 24th October a special Symposium was held to inform on the findings of Act on Dementia, EU Joint Action. Around 100 delegates from the Alzheimer Europe Conference heard about the culmination of work from the joint action and were presented with details from the newly released final reports.
Work Package leaders and collaborators presented on –
- Diagnosis and Post Diagnostic Support (WP4 – led by Professor Pierre Krolak-Salmon in Lyon),
- Crisis and Care Co-ordination (WP5 – led by Dr Nicola Vanacore from Italy, and presented by Dr Giuseppe Gervasi of the National Institute of Health in Rome)
- Residential Care (WP6 – led by Professor Oyvind Kirkevold from Norway)
- Dementia Friendly Communities (WP7 – led by David Nuttall and co-presented with Tessa Johnson-Jones of the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK).
- Work package 3, led by AQuAS, explained their Evaluation of the work.
Geoff Huggins, leader of WP1 on Co-ordination, started the Symposium by summing up the aims of Act on Dementia. Those are to promote collaborative actions among Member States to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families and carers.
To wrap up, Gillian Barclay from the Scottish Government, WP2 lead, explained the next steps for Dissemination of everyone’s work, the final reports and the outcomes from the various pilot projects throughout Europe.
More information, including the final reports (in summary and in full), the presentation from the symposium and the videos shown can be found on the website at www.actondementia.eu