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The XVIII Galician Alzheimer Federation’s Interdisciplinary Conference brought together more than 180 people in a successful edition

It took place last Saturday through the Zoom platform and it focused on the treatment of dementias within the health crisis caused by Covid-19 // They brought together representatives of Alzheimer's entities from Spain, Portugal, France and Ireland

20/10/2020 | Santiago de Compostela

The XVIII Galician Alzheimer Federation’s Interdisciplinary Conference, which took place last Saturday, October 17, brought together more than 180 people through Zoom in a successful and different edition that had to adapt to the health crisis situation caused by COVID . That was precisely the theme on which the three sections of the event revolved.

The day began with a brief presentation by Juan Carlos Rodríguez Bernárdez, president of the Galician Alzheimer Federation, who welcomed all the attendees and speakers. In his speech, he spoke about the difficulties that 2020 has brought to the health sector and how the pandemic has changed the life and routine of people with dementia. He highlighted, however, the adaptation of the fifteen associations belonging to FAGAL to offer resources and alternatives to users in recent months, emphasizing that it is time to remain united and work together for people with dementia and their families.

The first part had the international participation of Alzheimer's entities that had already been present in past editions of the FAGAL conferences, on this occasion providing a new vision focused on the current situation. Thus, there were present Pat McLoughlin (executive director of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland), Maria do Rosário Zince (member of Associação Alzheimer Portugal), Cristopher Roy (representing France Alzheimer) and Cheles Cantabrana (president of CEAFA - the Spanish Alzheimer Confederation) . In addition to exposing the situation in which each of the countries finds themselves, all the representatives showed the measures they carried out during the confinement: creation of support groups and online courses for relatives in Ireland, increase in telephone lines consultations in Portugal, a radio line in France and the creation of exercises for activities and support for caregivers in Spain were some of the options discussed. In addition, all highlighted the importance of returning to routine and reopening therapeutic centers and day centers so that people with dementia can regain their previous skills and combat the cognitive decline they have suffered.

The second part brought together Jorge Aboal Viña, General Director of Health Assistance, and Fernando González Abeijón, General Director of Elderly and Disability. While the first focused on highlighting the work of the primary care network, which is carrying out diagnostic work and locating contacts in order to control the health situation, the second focused on explaining the measures adopted in recent years months, highlighting the importance of the protocols established for the correct operation of day centers.

This part was also used to collect the claims of the Galician Alzheimer’s Federation, where the importance of giving priority to people with Alzheimer's disease was highlighted, the importance of carrying out an epidemiological study to know the real incidence of dementias in the community or the recognition caregiver officer, among others. There was also time to talk about the importance of creating and implementing a Transversal Dementia Plan in the Galician community, a need that has become more evident in recent months.

Finally, some of the work carried out by the Galician Alzheimer's associations in recent months could be seen. In this way, AGADEA focused on the individualized intervention work that they carried out during confinement; AFAMO in the role of home nursing and, finally, AFAGA spoke about its communication strategy in times of COVID-19.

During the day, more than 180 people met through the Zoom platform, a figure that brings together both workers from the Alzheimer Galicia Federation itself and people from the social health field interested in the various presentations.

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