Embassy mobilized for World Alzheimer’s Day
The French government’s priorities in the fight against Alzheimer’s include changing attitudes towards the illness and improving conditions for carers of sufferers
World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September is an international day of solidarity and mobilization for sufferers, their loved ones and carers, researchers and health professionals. In France, the day is also an opportunity to take stock of actions taken under the National Plan for Neurodegenerative Diseases 2014-2019, one of whose features is to press for closer links between research, care and support.
Given the importance that both France and the UK attach to this issue, Franco-British cooperation is therefore a fundamental tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s internationally.
The French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is closely involved in World Alzheimer’s Day and its associated events, and in conjunction with the charity France Alzheimer it is seeking to change opinions of the illness and improve the situation for families and carers, especially those who are balancing caring with full-time employment. Alzheimer’s is an extremely demanding illness for sufferers’ families, who require training and psychological support.
In line with other diplomatic missions, the French Embassy is participating in these actions by supporting a fund destined for two charities: the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK. Ambassador Bermann will also host a reception at the French Residence, and guests will also be invited to a ball at Lancaster House and a special auction, the profits of which will go to the charities.
The French Embassy is proud to support these events and contribute towards helping sufferers and their loved ones.