Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou (Greece)
MEPs speak out on dementia
Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou (Greece) talks to AE about her priorities for the European elections (May 2009)
In the run up to the elections, Alzheimer Europe asked Members of the European Parliament the following questions:
1. As the mandate of this European Parliament draws to a close, we would be very interested in hearing which you consider to be the key accomplishments of this Parliament which had a direct impact on people with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers?
2. After the European Parliament elections in June, which are the main policy initiatives that will be important for people with dementia and their carers?
3. If you are re-elected, do you have any personal priorities that would be of particular interest to people with dementia and their carers?
Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou: In general, the majority of the decisions taken during the mandate 2004-2009 concerning the improvement of the living conditions and the care of people living within the EU without any discrimination benefited people with Alzheimer’s as well as their carers.
Moreover, more specific and focused actions have been taken, whereas research, prevention and treatment for the Alzheimer have been encouraged.
The French Presidency took significant steps and the dialogue between the European institutions was set up with the active inclusion of the national stakeholders.
My personal point of view is that future policy initiatives should include:
- special measures that will fill the gap between different generations so that each person with Alzheimer’s disease, or other incurable diseases, has access to a social infrastructure providing cohesion and support.
- the raising of awareness and a fight against stigma and an improvement in the quality of public services should function at a European level equally.
- organisation and cooperation with regard to research in all member states, use of structural funds, especially the European Community Funds, to improve access to diagnosis and treatment,
- at national level, funding by national institutions so that they cover medical and social insurance,
- a proposal for increased dialogue between all stakeholders in order to encourage and authorize relatives to take care of people with dementia and improve the quality of life of both people with dementia and their carers.
If I am re-elected, my personal priorities which I believe would be of particular interest to people with dementia and their carers are a) the promotion of research for Alzheimer’s disease by making use of the EU Seventh Framework Programme, b) the enforcement of horizontal policies for the family which address factors linked to the generation gap and c) that all member states provide services after retirement.
Last Updated: Tuesday 20 March 2012