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Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders

Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by people with dementia, their relatives and health care professionals interested in Alzheimer’s disease. It aims at raising awareness of all forms of dementia and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Currently the Association numbers 4450 official members and is run by a 7-member elected board. 

Contact phone number: +30 210 7013271

Fax number: +30 210 6012239

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Day Care Centers

 Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders runs 4 Day Care Centers in Athens, offering daily care to people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Physicians, psychologists, speech therapists, social workers, nurses, physiotherapists and administrative personnel are employed at the Day Care Centers. 

The Day Care Centers’ activities include:

  • Memory clinic
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Cognitive training interventions 
  • Physical training programmes
  • Other specific therapies (art therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, reminiscence therapy), individually or in groups

In addition, the Association organizes numerous educational programmes and support groups for formal and informal caregivers of people with dementia.

All the above services are provided free of charge. 

The 4 Day Care Centers are located in Athens:

  1. Pagrati

Address: 89 Markou Mousourou & 33 Stilponos St., Athens, 116 36

Tel: +30 210 7013271

Fax: +30 210 6012239

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Open Monday to Friday, 09:00-20:00

 

  1. Panormou

Address: Vatheos 25 & Panormou St., Athens, 115 22

Tel: +30 210 6424228

Fax: +30 210 6424228

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Open Monday to Friday, 09:00-15:00

 

  1. Maroussi

Address: Zinonos Eleatou 8 St., Maroussi, 151 23

Tel: +30 210 6180073

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Open Monday to Friday, 09:00-15:00

 

  1. Ilioupoli

Address: Agiou Konstantinou 7 St., Ilioupoli, 163 46

Tel: +30 210 9706347

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Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30- 13:00

 

 

Athens Alzheimer Association’ activities

 

  • Memory Clinic

The Association Memory Clinics offer neurological and neuropsychological evaluation to people above 60 and provide timely and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

 

  • The “Care at Home” programme

The “Care at Home” programme addresses to people with dementia who due to movement problems do not have access to the Day Care Centers services. The programme aims at enabling persons with dementia to remain in the community for as long as possible and avoid institutional care. Health care professionals visit people with dementia at home at a regular basis and offer support and cognitive training to people affected and counseling or psychoeducation to their caregivers.  

 

  • Education and support for caregivers 

The Association organizes at a regular base educational seminars for caregivers (8 sessions/ 2 hours each). During the seminars they are taught how to deal with the practical and psychological burden of dementia. 

Psychoeducational programmes for caregivers

These programmes focus on caregivers’ specific needs providing:

  • all the necessary information about dementia symptoms, progression and available treatments
  • specific skills enabling them to effectively cope with issues related to dementia
  • training in the management of the physical, psychological and financial burden of dementia

 

 

  • Psychiatric Clinic for caregivers 

The psychological burden of dementia is an important, yet underestimated aspect of dementia. In comparison to the general population, caregivers are in greater danger of developing depression and various psychosomatic conditions. The Association offers psychiatric support to relieve them from their psychological burden.  

 

  • Alzheimer café

“Alzheimer Café” is an innovative intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. It takes the form of social gathering and promotes discussions, exchange of information about dementia, share of experiences, emotional support and socialization of its members. 

 

  • Set Care: self study e-learning programme for paid caregivers 

The Association has participated in a Transfer of Innovation programme and developed a training tool for the paid caregivers of elderly people. This e-learning programme includes 10 basic modules about dementia. The programme is offered free of charge in Greek and Bulgarian. 

 

  • Greek Dementia Action Plan

In November 2013, the Greek Ministry of Health set up a working group to develop the Greek Dementia Action Plan, which aims at:

  • raising awareness about dementia
  • promoting prevention and early diagnosis of the disease
  • improving health care professionals’ education and training
  • enhancing research on dementia
  • supporting the existing and establishing new specialized structures and services for dementia patients all over Greece
  • designing and implementing a legal framework that will support the rights of dementia patients and their families

 

The President of the working group is the President of Athens Alzheimer Association, Paraskevi Sakka, Neurologist-Psychiatrist.

 

  • Awareness campaigns 

The Association’s main aim is to raise public awareness about dementia. Since 2004, it organizes public events not only in Athens, but in other Greek cities, as well. 

 

  • Publications

The Association has published several leaflets and booklets about dementia symptoms, progression and prevention, non-pharmacological therapies, cognitive training, etc. A newspaper is also edited three times a year.

This printed material is posted free of charge to anyone interested and is available on internet as well. 

 

  • Participation in European and International Programmes

The Association has successfully participated in many European funded programmes:

  • Innovage
  • Set Care: self study e-learning programme for the caregivers 
  • Life after Care- Grundtvig
  • ALCOVE, Alzheimer Cooperative Valuation in Europe
  • SOCIABLE
    LLM, Long Lasting Memories
  • “We are family”
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