News Release

Alzheimer’s Disease International Launches ‘Help For Caregivers’ Booklet In Athens

London, 3 March 2016

Event promoting advice for 10,000 Greek caregivers

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations will be launching the ‘Help for Caregivers’ booklet at the Athens Meropeion Foundation on Monday, 7th March 2016. The event will draw attention to the plight of caregivers supporting people with dementia through the release of 10,000 copies of the booklet. The Greek booklet was developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be followed shortly by a version in English. The launch event has been sponsored by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and TIMA  Charitable Foundation.

There are currently 197,000 people with dementia in Greece, a number that is estimated to rise to 365,000 by 2050. With two family members often acting as carers for each individual with dementia, the number of those immediately affected by the disease reaches almost 400,000 people.

This event in partnership with ADI’s member in Greece, Alzheimer Hellas, aims to inform caregivers around the country about the booklet and offer an opportunity to receive practical advice that can help in their journey of care. It will also provide a platform for a wider discussion of caring, with speakers highlighting personal experiences and a buffet lunch.

Professor Magda Tsolaki, Scientific director of Alzheimer Hellas and president of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations, states that:
“Training and support of caregivers of people with dementia in Greece is very important. The booklet ‘Help for Caregivers’ sponsored by the Latsis and TIMA Foundations will be a critical tool for caregivers and family members of people with dementia in Greece.“

ADI Deputy Executive Director Johan Vos adds that:
“This event helps us strengthen the positive support available for carers in a country deeply affected by the high social and personal cost of the disease, with a continuing commitment to battling dementia in 2016.”

A full copy of the ‘Help for Caregivers’ booklet in Greek is available for download on the ADI Website at http://www.alz.co.uk/perithalpontes

Copies of the “Help for Caregivers” booklet will be distributed to individuals, groups, organisations or institutions anywhere in Greece free of charge via the network of The Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations.

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Essential Information

Date: Monday, 7th March 2016
Time: 11.30 am arrival for registration - the event will run 12.00 - 14.00 pm
Location: Meropeion Foundation, Dionysiou Areopagitou 45, Athens, Greece, www.meropion.gr
Access information: Metro - Acropoli Station

About Alzheimer’s Disease International

ADI is the international federation of 83 Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. ADI's vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change from governments. For more information, visit www.alz.co.uk.

About Alzheimer Hellas

Alzheimer Hellas is a non for profit organization that was founded in 1995, by relatives of patients with Alzheimer Disease as well as by doctors of all specialties - mainly by Neurologists and Psychiatrists and also by other experts (such as psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, etc.) that deal with the problems caused by this disease and by other types of dementia. Today, Alzheimer Hellas operates 2 Day Care Centers in Thessaloniki and has over 4.000 members. Alzheimer Hellas is a member of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

About TIMA Charitable Foundation

The TIMA Charitable Foundation is a philanthropic organization which directs grants to Greek and Greek-related nonprofit organizations. Since its establishment in 2011 and through its continued commitment, TIMA (“to honor” in Greek) aims to honor the memory of John M. Carras and his wife Athina Carras. The Foundation awards grants in the areas of social welfare, health care, education, arts and culture, and science. It funds non-profit organizations that have demonstrated effective management skills and have achieved significant, long-lasting, and tangible results.

About John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2005 to continue the benevolent legacy of John S. Latsis. The Foundation plans, manages, and funds programmes that cover a broad range of fields, such as education, science, health, social welfare, culture and the environment, in collaboration with civil society partners and key players within these areas. An additional, diversified branch of activities is the operation of the Neraida Floating Museum, which, by offering visitors free access and organising various events, seeks to highlight the maritime and entrepreneurial history of Greece, familiarise youth with the maritime profession, and promote environmental awareness.