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Alzheimer Derneği

The Turkish Alzheimer Society was founded in 1997 and was followed by the Turkish Alzheimer Foundation in 2000. The objectives of both associations are:

  • to increase awareness on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in Turkey,
  • to improve the care and treatment of Alzheimer’s patient,
  • to improve services for patients and carers.

The population of Turkey is 78.7 million people, of which 8.2% are over the age of 65. There are some 600,000 Turks with dementia, including 400,000 who are living with Alzheimer's disease. Currently, many people remain undiagnosed or are not considered as suffering from a disease, as dementia is still perceived as the natural consequence of ageing. Increasing awareness and training of professionals and family members are crucial in order to combat this devastating disease.

The Turkish Alzheimer Society is based in Istanbul. It has more than 1,500 members and 14 branches: Istanbul (2), Bursa (2), Ankara, Denizli, Eskişehir, Izmir, Mersin, Konya, Samsun, Erzurum, Kayseri and Karabük.

Presently there is only one Day Care Center run by the Society, serving 30 people in two shifts in Istanbul. The regional branches are in the process of building and furnishing three new Day Care Centers, which are expected to be in service in 2016-2017.

The main caregivers in Turkey are the spouses and children of people with dementia. Community services are gaining in popularity and use - especially in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, the three biggest cities in Turkey. The number of people attending care centres is still low, although this is expected to rise in the coming years.

While Turkey's population is generally young, the proportion of older people is increasing every day. This is an indicator of more people with Alzheimer’s disease in the coming years. The Turkish Alzheimer Society is working towards having more care centres and more local branches all over the country.

Türkiye Alzheimer Derneği
Halil Rifat Pasa Mah. Güler Sok. No. 33 Sisli

Phone: +90-212-224 41 89
Fax: +90-212-296 05 79

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Last Updated: Thursday 25 January 2018