13 Facing the challenge of Alzheimer’s and other dementias (F10)

Organised by International Forum Gastein supported by an unrestricted educational grant from MSD Alzheimer’s disease is clearly on our demographic horizon. Are our health systems ready to face this unprecedented challenge? How are we preparing to ensure appropriate prevention, treatment and care, and inclusion? Today, we can already identify clear challenges and elaborate potential solutions given the epidemiological evidence, on-going reforms aimed at integrating health and social care, and a new wave of potential treatments. But the challenges posed by dementia will test the strength of our governance model and raise societal issues well beyond our health systems. From the technical to the societal, our panellists will help shape a better understanding of the likely scenarios for the coming years and the type of solutions being contemplated. Governments and public health authorities increasingly understand the challenge that dementia will pose to our society and have put it on the agenda of high-level meetings during recent years. Leading European countries have implemented national plans and the EU has funded a number of large programmes promoting research across all aspects of dementia. Part 1 | Measuring the challenge Helen Rochford-Brennan, European Working Group of People with Dementia Tim Muir, Policy Analyst, OECD Tania Dussey-Cavassini, Ambassador for Global Health, Vice-Director General, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland Part 2 | Where should we put our hopes and priorities? Peter Dal-Bianco, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Clinic for Memory Disorders, Vienna General Hospital Panel discussion with: Antonia Croy, President, Alzheimer Austria Siobhan O'Connor, Lecturer, University of Manchester and Young Forum Gastein Scholar Elizabeth Hanson, Vice-President, Eurocarers; Research Director, Swedish Family Care Competence Centre Wiebe Cnossen, Into D'mentia Part 3 | Towards a dementia friendly society - Hands on workshops With the support of panelists, participants will be tasked to develop key policy solutions for a particular challenge rough a dialogue with the audience on an ideal situation and potential barriers and facilitators. Part 4 | A call to action for the EU Karin Kadenbach, Member of the European Parliament (S&D, Austria) Herta Adam, Deputy Head of UnitDG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission Facilitated by Matthias Wismar, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Boris Azaïs, Director, Public Policy Europe and Canada, MSD