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P15. Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance

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P15. Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance

Palermiti Federico, Kissani Najib, Duguet Anne Marie, Tsolaki Magda

The significant increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders worldwide is alarming. Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that this increase will be much steeper in low and middle income countries compared with high income countries.

The countries outlining the Mediterranean are united by historical, geographical and cultural links, but more importantly by common values of solidarity. There is still little knowledge about the problems surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, which remains under-estimated and insufficiently documented in many Mediterranean countries, especially in North Africa. This situation is set to have a dramatic impact on human, sanitary and social society across the Mediterranean. By observing and understanding the current measures as well as the emerging issues and requirements for the future, common and adapted solutions for care, research and public policy could be more rapidly identified, incited and organised in this region.

Upon the initiative of the Monegasque Association for Research on Alzheimer’s disease (AMPA), a Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance was launched in April 2013 in Marrakech. This network, composed of Alzheimer associations, scientific experts and health care professionals from the Mediterranean region aims to support Mediterranean Alzheimer structures in their initiatives and to share and exchange their knowledge and practice. The Mediterranean Alzheimer’s Alliance also intends to act on a local and international level by producing an update of the specific needs in these countries, promoting local experiences and putting forward recommendations in order to make sure that Alzheimer’s disease becomes a priority in all the Mediterranean region.

This session will present the objectives and the first initiatives of the Mediterranean Alzheimer Alliance. The issues concerning the influence of socio-cultural factors on the needs and care of immigrants from North Africa with cognitive disorders will also be discussed as well as the implementation of non-pharmacological interventions for people with Alzheimer’s disease in the Mediterranean. This will be an excellent opportunity for other Alzheimer actors in the Mediterranean to join the Alliance.



Last Updated: Monday 11 November 2013