16 May 2015
Category: News
16 May 2015,

There are 200,000 people living with dementia in Greece and 400,000 family carers looking after them. Compared to existing needs, large areas of the country are not covered by any specialised service. CMT Prooptiki, the  Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (AAADRD) and the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health (EPAPSY) in collaboration with municipalities in the metropolitan area of Athens and in Cyclades islands have developed a project for promoting dementia prevention and non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia and their carers in the local community. The project is funded under the program “We are all citizens” by EEA and Norway grants. Bodossaki foundation is the National funds operator for Greece.
Since November 2014, 9 Dementia Counseling Centers have been established in Athens area and 4 in Cyclades islands.
The services provided are:
-Prevention through mental empowerment groups in elderly without memory problems and information sessions
-Early diagnosis with the evaluation of the cognitive functions
-Support people with memory problems over 60 years-old through mental empowerment programs
-Psychoeducation and support of relatives and other carers
-Interface actions in the community
The role of the CMT Prooptiki is to evaluate the quality of services provided by the Counseling Centres and disseminate results to all relevant stakeholders.
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