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Greece marked World Alzheimer’s Month 2020 with a number of events across the country

Monday 26 October 2020

Many events celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day and World Alzheimer’s Month (September) were organised by Alzheimer’s associations across Greece, all of which are members of the Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and 

The Panhellenic Federation created a TV spot with famous Greek actors, that aired on 12 TV channels throughout the entire month, raising awareness among the general public. Also, the September issue of the Panhellenic Association’s Alzheimer’s newsletter, besides being available for on-line reading, was also distributed with the Sunday newspapers, in 32,000 copies! Both the TV spot and the newsletter were done under the banner “Express yourself”, in an attempt to fight stigma, through personal stories of well-known people. The President of the Panhellenic Federation, Magda Tsolaki, gave an online speech at the beginning of the month and on 21 September, an online press conference was given by five professors of neurology, covering all the new developments on Alzheimer’s/dementia. The press conference, as well as a press release on Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)’s World Alzheimer Report got good press coverage.Related Disorders. The events were mainly organised through web platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the events that took place throughout Greece were:

Athens: The Athens Alzheimer Association organised a successful online seminar for caregivers and a face-to-face training for health professionals, as well as tests in an elderly care unit, “Nestor”, while “Karelleio Alzheimer Unit of Apostoli” carried out informative online seminars on Alzheimer’s disease.

Thessaloniki: Alzheimer Hellas organised a successful online seminar for caregivers and presented the “20-40” photo album in which 20 male and 20 female participants are photographed at the age of 40 each holding a photo of themselves at the age of 20. The theme of the event was “A transition through the 20 years of our lives. Preserving our memory, our identity and our image".  Proceeds will be used for Alzheimer’s research.

Crete: The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association of Heraklion Perfecture “ALLILENGII” made appearances on the island’s TV and radio stations, and launched a telephone chat-line for people affected by the disease.

Patra: Τhe Frontizo association developed useful videos with advice on differed aspects of the disease that are available to the public.

Larissa: The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association of Larissa organised its 2nd Memory Walk.

Chalkida: The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association of Chalkida ran a weekly stand providing information to the public, where people could also schedule appointments for a memory test. An online seminar on stress management was also organised.

Rhodes: The Alzheimer's Association Panakeia held an online webinar entitled “Let’s talk about dementia”, and carried out blood-pressure tests and memory tests in the city centre, to promote the importance of healthy living.