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Scientific seminar on COVID-19 and physical exercise held by Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Friday 15 January 2021

Since early 2020, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading quickly through over 100 countries around the world and millions of people have been infected during 2020. The outbreak of the pandemic has brought relentless challenges to human health and it is still raging on. To cope with the crisis, many countries have taken urgent measures to safeguard their people, while researchers in a variety of scientific areas have been engaged in finding a solution.

In this environment, the Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders decided to organise a scientific seminar in the field, called "Guidelines for therapeutic physical exercise - COVID-19". The online seminar was held on 15 January 2021, with over 80 participants. The event focused on the worldwide circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic; how the disease affects people’s lives from different aspects; sharing important information and data to help the world fight COVID-19 and especially for people with dementia and their carers.

The speakers were Magdalini Tsolaki MD, PhD. Professor of Neurology, Christos Savvopoulos MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Charalampos Tzorbatzoudis PhD, Professor of the Department of Division of Human Studies TEFAA, Dr Vasiliki Garopoulou M.Sc.’s., PhD., P.D. Adapted Physical Education & Sports and Dr Christos Mouzakidis M.Sc., PhD., Physical Education & Sports. They addressed the following topics:

  1. General Principles - Sources transmission of the virus
  2. Antihypertensive treatment and Covid-19
  3. Why Coronavirus Causes Serious Disease in Certain Population Groups
  4. Individual Protection Measures and Health protocols
  5. Mental health tips - Covid in Alzheimer's disease
  6. How Exercise Relates to Covid-19 Prevention
  7. Safe physical exercise during the Covid-19 period
  8. Prevention and protection measures
  9. Special adjustments of physical activity - therapeutic physical exercise
  10. Covid-19 pandemic treatment exercise guidelines.

At the end, the participants had the opportunity to discuss with the speakers and ask them questions.