Ivo Vajgl ( Slovenia)
MEPs speak out on dementia
The difficulties that those who suffer from dementia and their relatives and friends have to confront stipulate our responsibility that we as a society have to join our forces and do more in order to: diagnose the illness better and faster, to offer those who are affected by dementia fulfilling, decent and safe living and to enable relatives and friends a proper expert help and support in their care of their beloved. We must not forget that the activity is the one that extends life and maintains its quality to people with dementia. This can be achieved only with the systemic solution of the problem.
We have to focus more on public awareness on this issue and to encourage those who suffer from dementia to speak up about their illness, obstacles and fears they have to overcome. I have already urged on the Slovene government to adopt a national strategy on dementia as soon as possible, as its member I've suggested the EP's Intergroup on of active ageing, intergenerational solidarity & family friendly policies to put dementia on its agenda, I plan to organize a public debate in Slovenia, so the NGOs get the possibility to share with us their valuable experience and views. Namely, we should take into account that the empowerment of ALL vulnerable social groups contributes to the improvement of situation of people with dementia. There is a lot of work to be done!
Last Updated: Friday 08 January 2016