What is the North Sea Dementia Group?
The North Sea Dementia Group started in the year 2000.
At the first meeting representatives from Dementia Research and Development Centres were invited toparticipate.
They came from North Sea countries (hence the name) though in recent years we have welcomed new members from other countries across Europe.
Current members come from: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and Ireland.
New members join through invitation from existing members so the group has grown in an organic way.
Who we are:
The North Sea Dementia Group is an association of interested persons from dementia care practice and research.
The core interest of the group is the translation of knowledge to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers
and to raise the quality of the support and services provided for them. We are a group of individuals working in health and social work practice or in research.
Most of us represent Dementia Research and Development Centres or institutions with similar tasks.The group enables us to share knowledge and ideas at a personal level. We decided to hold annual meetings to network; share information about activities in individual countries; and to present our findings from research and practice.
The meetings are small to support and enable close networking and collaboration.
What we do:
Our goal is to share and discuss developments in policy and practice for people with dementia in our respective countries with the aim of promoting improvements
in dementia care across the group. We consider formal and informal information and discuss new developments and strategies in our respective European countries.The aim is also to network with peers in European contexts of dementia health care and services.
Each year the North Sea Dementia Group holds a two day meeting in one of the member states (see Meeting Agenda).
During each meeting we share information about developments in policy and practice in our respective countries and present research findings and good practice examples.
In addition we undertake a visit to local dementia services and enjoy some cultural activities.
Chronology of the North Sea Dementia Group Meetings