EFID Brochure 2010-2020: 10 years of transformative work on dementia

EFID partners are proud to release a report to celebrate 10 years of work on dementia.

The brochure illustrates ten years of the EFID’s activities in support of a ‘dementia-friendly and inclusive society’, by highlighting a number of initiatives, key achievements and recommendations for the way forward.

Watch the intro video below or download the publication here

EFID Press Release 2020 – Call for Awards “Spreading a legacy for the future”

Spreading a Legacy For the Future  – European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) – Awards 2020

People living with dementia are among the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The main problems have been isolation, lack of social contact, knowledge of technology. All of these can contribute to the deterioration of their health.

In this light, this year “Spreading a Legacy For the Future – European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) – Awards 2020” were distributed to those initiatives that specifically found solutions to the challenges created by the pandemic.

Nine awardees were selected to be rewarded with a total of €67.500 to go into supporting their efforts to help people living with dementia who have been particularly hit by the pandemic.

Because 2020 also marks the tenth and final year of EFID, a special relevance in the selection was given to those projects that could demonstrate how they are going to spread the EFID legacy in the years to come.

The EFID legacy consists in the key learnings on dementia gained through the previous awards, the studies conducted and the capacity development workshops held in the past years. Moreover, part of the legacy is the EFID approach to an inclusive community which values all its members and helps them to meet their basic needs so that they can live with dignity, engage actively, and contribute to their community.

Awardees were chosen for their ability to adapt creatively to the current situation while maintaining and creating partnerships with different stakeholders and listening to the needs of their communities. They were able to improve the lives of informal carers assisting their relatives; reduce the decline in the condition due to lack of stimulation; find, defend and improve the lives of people living with dementia at home and in nursing homes.

More on EFID’s transformative work on dementia from 2010 to 2020 is available on this informational brochure.

Click on the link to download the list of EFID Awardees 2020.

Online event: Addressing dementia among people with a migration background – From diagnosis to EU policy actions

Addressing dementia among people with a migration background – From diagnosis to EU policy actions

28th September 2020

Watch the recording here

In collaboration with the European Policy Centre, EFID organised a policy debate to contribute to raising awareness about the importance of creating dementia services and policies that are accessible to all, including people with a migration heritage.

People living with dementia with a migration background are potentially more exposed to difficulties in accessing appropriate and timely care. A lack of culturally appropriate services or stigma are but a few elements hindering access. In a Europe that is growing ever more diverse, how can we ensure that health and care policies are inclusive and accessible to all?

At this event, speakers addressed current knowledge gaps around access to care for people from a migration background in Europe. They also discussed best practice in promoting culturally sensitive and inclusive health and care services, as supported over the past 10 years by the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia.


Gerrit Rauws, Director, King Baudouin Foundation

Bernadette Klapper, Senior Vice President, Robert Bosch Stiftung

David Truswell, Chair, Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity

René Thyrian, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Rostock/Greifswald

Dianne Gove, Director for Projects, Alzheimer Europe

John F. Ryan, Director, Public health, country knowledge, crisis management
DG for Health & Food safety, European Commission

The debate was moderated by Lieve Fransen, Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre