Argentina - Dementia Friendly Communities

Taking inspiration from the Netherlands’ Alzheimer Café concept, Asociación de Lucha contra el Mal de Alzheimer (A.L.M.A.) held their first Café con A.L.M.A. (Coffee with A.L.M.A.) in Buenos Aires in 2013. The café, which is run by a team of volunteers, brings together people with dementia, carers and family members, and anyone with an interest in dementia. Health professionals are invited along to the monthly event to offer useful information and live music encourages singing and dancing. The initiative has been widely recognised for the social benefits it provides to those who attend. In 2015 Café con A.L.M.A. received a declaration of interest for the sciences by the city of Buenos Aires legislature and the following year won first prize for Friendly Initiatives for the Elderly and Social Participation from the International Longevity Center in Argentina and the Argentina Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Since the project was introduced in Argentina, it has prompted similar arrangements to be made by Alzheimer associations in other countries within the region, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.