Alzheimer Athens inaugurates three new day care centres with mobile units for dementia in Greece


The new units located- two in the region of Attica and one in the city of Arta are funded by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan Greece 2.0. They are fully staffed with specialised health professionals (neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, speech therapists, physiotherapists and administrative personnel). Services provided are Memory Clinics, non-pharmacological interventions (cognitive training, physical exercise, speech therapy, occupational therapy, art therapies, and other alternative psychosocial interventions).

All the above services are delivered in groups or individually and are also available online. In addition, they provide education, support and counselling to caregivers and training for health professionals. Mobile Units provide medical, psychosocial and counselling services to people with dementia and caregivers who are unable to move from their place of residence due to either severe health problems or living in remote areas. In collaboration with local public health and social services, they promote early diagnosis of dementia, rehabilitation services and dementia awareness campaigns for local people.

The new day centres and Mobile Units have been fully operational since late March 2023 and provide services to an increasing number of people with dementia and caregivers. All services are provided free of charge. The Greek Dementia Helpline 1102 is fully cooperating with the new units and has contributed a great deal to making them known to the public. Alzheimer Athens, after 20 years of struggle and tireless efforts to mobilise the Greek Government and to establish institutions and services for dementia throughout the country, now runs nine day care centres and four Mobile Units in total, all over Greece, thus taking a big step closer to the full implementation of the Greek National Plan for Dementia and Alzheimer Disease.