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Implementation report on the Commission Communication on a European initiative on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

The European Commission has published a staff working document which reviews progress since the adoption of its European initiative on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias launched in 2009. The report outlines the various work strands on the initiative's four strategic objectives: early diagnosis, improving epidemiological knowledge and coordination of research, sharing best practices and respecting the rights of people with dementia. It concludes that the initiative has prompted a significant number of activities in dementia at EU-level and in Member States (including the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing), and has helped counter the stigmatisation of dementia. Since 2009, over half of all EU countries have adopted and started to implement national plans on dementia.

Key to implementing the initiative was the ALCOVE Joint Action 2011-2013 which addressed all four objectives. To build on its success, the Commission has launched a second Joint Action on dementia under the work plan 2014 of its Health Programme.

Read the working document online: http://ec.europa.eu/health/major_chronic_diseases/docs/2014_implreport_a...

Source: EC-EIP-AHA@ec.europa.eu