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The XVI Conference of the Federation Alzheimer Galicia affected the situation of care and research in dementia in Spain and Portugal

11/6/2018
  • The Galician Minister of Health, Jesús Vázquez Almuíña, was in charge of inaugurating the event, which brought together about 200 professionals in the field of dementia in Galicia.
  • During the event, the federation and Alzheimer Portugal signed a collaboration agreement with the aim of continuing to collaborate in various activities.

The Federation Alzheimer Galicia held last Saturday the 16th edition of its training sessions in Alzheimer's and other dementias, which brought together at the Faculty of Psychology of Santiago de Compostela 200 professionals dedicated to the field of dementia throughout Galicia.

This training event was inaugurated by the Galician Minister of Health, Jesús Vázquez Almuíña, accompanied by the President of FAGAL, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, and the Vice President, Isabel Gey. The head of the regional department showed the support of the Department to Alzheimer's associations and encouraged them to continue promoting new ideas to improve the quality of life of people with dementia.

The event also served to show the recognition of the federation and the thirteen Galician associations to Mª Isabel Pérez, former Director of the Social Area of the Barrié Foundation, who was presented with an award for her career and her support to the entities of Alzheimer through the "Umbrella Network" and "More Social" programs.

Dementias in Portugal and research in Spain

This XVI edition of the Conference began with an approach to the situation of dementias in Portugal, through the President of Alzheimer Portugal, José Carreira. The participation of the Portuguese entity was completed with the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Federation Alzhéimer Galicia and Alzhéimer Portugal, with the aim of continuing to carry out joint activities in the coming years.

On the other hand, attendees were able to check the status of Alzheimer's research in Spain from the Center for Biomedical Network Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases. Her manager, Mª Ángeles Pérez, was in charge of counting the work carried out by the center in the coordination of the different research groups in neurodegenerative diseases, while the researcher of the University of Barcelona, Isidro Ferrer, commented more on the study neuropathological that the group that directs.

Treatment of behaviors, transparency in the management and work of associations

In a more practical section, the neuropsychologist of CRE Alzheimer, Lidia Gesteira, delved into the treatment of behavioral disorders in people with dementia, providing attendees suitable guidelines in daily work. In another of the talks, the Loyalty Foundation, through its Director of Intitucionais Relations, Mª Eugenia Larrégola, wanted to emphasize the importance of complying with the principles of transparency and good governance in the management of social entities.

Also, in these days there was also time to publicize the work that is being developed in the Galician associations, such as the intergenerational program "El viaje de Carlota" by AFAGA, the animal therapies of AFAL Ferrolterra and the AFALU project aimed at reduce Burnout syndrome in the professionals of the entity. In addition, the federation took the opportunity to publicize the manual "Physiotherapy in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative dementias", published this year, and to give voice to FEGADEM, which told the work done by the federation to improve the lives of people with Multiple sclerosis.

Closing of the Conference

The Conferences ended, one more year, bringing a poetic and optimistic vision of oblivion in Alzheimer's disease, with a theatrical reading of the work "Na Butaca", by the Butaca Zero group, which filled the audience with emotion.

The Territorial Head of Social Policy of the Xunta de Galicia, Mª Francisca Gómez, accompanied by the President of FAGAL, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, and the vice-president, Mª Carmen Martínez, was in charge of closing these XVI Conference.

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