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Iva Holmerová and Sigurd Sparr attend the ELTECA conference

Friday 30 March 2012

On 30-31 March, Dr. Iva Holmerová and Dr. Sigurd Sparr, respectively Vice Chairperson and Honorary Treasurer of Alzheimer Europe, participated in the first ELTECA conference on long-term care medicine in Prague.

ELTECA (Exchange of Experience in Long-term Care) attracted 80 European and American delegates, all experts in long-term care from academic and private organisations. The conference aimed to share knowledge and promote cooperation among health care professionals, patient organisations and the community at large. The following topics were covered:

- the future of nursing homes

- the numerous models of long term care in use today

- follow-up of after-care and palliative care in long-term care facilities

- barriers in providing long-term care

- the need for adequate symptom management in geriatric patients

- the importance of diagnosis and the diagnostic process

- psychosocial intervention for people with dementia

Dr. Holmerová, who also heads the Czech Alzheimer's Society, said: "Long-term care is an issue of increasing importance in all ageing countries. Each country tackles this problem according to its local conditions but there are some common issues and experiences that can be shared."

ELTECA was organised by the Czech Alzheimer's Society and the Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term care of the Charles University in Prague (CELLO), with support from Zentiva, a Sanofi company. Conference presentations and videos will soon be available on ELTECA's website.

www.elteca.org

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