Action in Europe

Paris Declaration: In 2006, the members of Alzheimer Europe signed a common declaration calling for action by the European Union, the WHO and national governments to recognise Alzheimer's disease as a major public health challenge and to develop European, International and national action programmes, the Paris Declaration.

In 2008 during the French presidency of the EU a major step forward to achieve European collaboration on Alzheimer’s disease was made at the conference “The fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders”. Organised by the French Presidency of the European Union and hosted by Health Minister, Roselyne Bachelot, the conference drew unprecedented attention to the plight of the 6.1 million people with dementia in Europe, as well as their carers, by having the support of not only national ministers the President himself.

This led to the European Council declaration in late 2008 and a European Parliament declaration affirming priorities in the fight against Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Ultimately this has resulted in joint programming and a European Alzheimer’s Initiative.

These initiatives have been endorsed and amplified by adoption of a European parliament resolution in January 2011 which calls for EU Member States to develop specific national plans and strategies for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer Europe have information about plans in Europe on their website.