Demographic change has moved up the agenda in European health policy making, and there it is likely to stay as Europe’s population grows older. If one single disease area is a manifestation of this phenomenon, it is dementia. A health focus of last year’s Luxembourg presidency and the lead of this week’s Netherlands presidency event “Living well with(out) Dementia”, this syndrome is set to remain a priority at the European Council for the years to come.

Such attention to dementia is encouragi...

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