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Director Irene Oldfather raises World Alzheimer’s Day in speech to EESC

Posted on 21/09/17 at 09:46am

On World Alzheimer’s Day, Irene Oldfather, Director of the Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE), raised the importance of working across borders to share good practice in ensuring quality services and sharing research evidence for people with dementia.

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Speaking at the Plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EESC) in Brussels, Irene Oldfather said:

“As we consider how Europe connects to marginalised people it would be remiss of us not to recognise the opportunity that World Alzheimer’s Day provides to acknowledge that over six million of Europe’s citizens live every day with dementia. They deserve and expect us to work together, across boundaries to ensure that their voice is heard loud and clear.”

In a survey on the impact of Brexit on Health and Social Care in Scotland, the ALLIANCE found that many of members are concerned about the impact on research. Dementia is a condition that affects many European citizens and Irene Oldfather emphasised the importance of continuing to work together across borders on research and sharing best practice in the field of dementia. She emphasised the importance of existing partnerships and that it is crucial to people with dementia across Europe that these partnerships are preserved and new ones established.

The ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices project is holding a range of events and activities to mark World Alzheimer’s Month and World Alzheimer’s Day > in particular.