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Athens Alzheimer Association hosts Caregiver's Day 2012

Sunday 18 March 2012

The Athens Association of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders held its third annual Caregiver's Day on 18 March in Athens. The main focus of the event was to address the specific challenges faced by caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Caregiver's Day 2012 was attended by 1,000 caregivers and 400 people with dementia.

Caregivers had access to numerous training seminars, such as pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for dementia and psychiatric and behavioral symptoms. There were also sessions on daily care issues like communication skills, personal hygiene and reduced mobility. Delegates could also attend counselling sessions to share their everyday concerns with doctors, psychologists and other health professionals.

Attendees with dementia were also able to participate in the event, mainly in activities based on cognitive stimulation. There are an estimated 160,000 people with dementia in Greece, of which 80% are cared for at home.