Athens Association of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders
The Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders was founded in 2002 by people with Alzheimer’s, members of their families, and health professionals involved with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The organization’s mission is to support people with dementia as well as their caregivers, to mobilize the government to defend their rights, the establishment of structures for their care and the awareness-raising of the public regarding the prevention of this disease for the 3rd Age. The Association offers a variety of services, including: 4 Day Centers, a Memory Clinic, groups for the training and support of caregivers, a medical office for the psychiatric support of caregivers, training of health professionals, public campaigns for dementia prevention, research projects & participation in European programs, publication and free distribution of informational printed material, actions to promote the National Plan of Action for Dementia-Alzheimer’s Disease, Counseling Stations for Dementia in Athens and in the Cyclades (Bodossaki Foundation - EEA grants), and Care at Home services. The Association employs about 48 professionals in its various structures and about 20 volunteers.
The grant regards the continuation of a care at home program for 100 families with dementia living mainly in Western Attica. The program was created in 2017 through a TIMA grant and focuses on the caregiver and has as its priority to improve the services provided to the patient. The program will last a year and will serve 100 families of dementia patients through home visits. Services offered to caregivers will include: a) information on key issues affecting persons with dementia; b) education in crisis management; c) education in respite techniques and improvement of self-esteem of the caregiver; d) family counseling. In addition the team of 2 psychologists, 1 nurse, 1 social worker, 1 physical education specialist, and 1 psychiatrist, will offer various services such as: a) medical exam and neuropsychological evaluation for a general care plan; b) periodic nursing care with the end goal of educating the caregivers in matters such as prevention of falls and education in first aid; c) counseling regarding ethical and legal rights as well as welfare/insurance matters. A health professional from the team will take on the role of Family Mentor and will be available by phone throughout the duration of the program as well as after the program’s culmination.