FAGAL | Federación Alzhéimer Galicia


FAGAL attends the event led by UN Rapporteur, Philip Alston, with EAPN-Galicia to learn about people in a situation of risk of social exclusion

This event, organized by EAPN Galicia and the Ombudsman, was honored by the presence of Ramiro and Marisa: caregiver and person affected by Alzheimer's, respectively


28/01/2020 | Santiago de Compostela

Federación Alzhéimer Galicia participated in the event organized by EAPN Galicia and the Ombudsman today on the occasion of UN Rapporteur Philip Alston's visit to our community.

The reason of his visit was no other than knowing first-hand the real necessities of people at risk of social exclusion to analyze Spain's poverty and write a report that will be presented in Geneva (Switzerland) on the month of June.

Alston stated that “Spain is the fifth largest economy in Europe and, nonetheless, has surprisingly high levels of poverty. This triggers proper questions about who profited from the recent growth and who stayed behind.” Alston then added that “it should be noted that, a decade after a financial crisis and, also, after an impressive economic recovery, many indicators of poverty and inequality in Spain are way above the levels prior to the crisis.”

Federación Alzhéimer Galicia was represented in this conference by married couple Ramiro and Marisa, caregiver and person with Alzheimer’s disease respectively,  who stressed the need of an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s and the impact of this condition on caregiver families, especially in rural areas where there is a lack of services and resources. They also focused on the slow response of primary health care after getting diagnosed, when they should be led quicker to stimulation services carried out by Galician Alzheimer's organizations. In the words of Ramiro: “You go to the administrations to ask for a dependency allowance and they take 12 months to give it to you. Instead of helping you it is as if they put you in the oven to roast you.”

On the same line, the excess of administrative bureaucracy, that gets bigger each time, was highlighted unanimously. This excess is making accessing to resources difficult, on one hand, for people who need it and, on the other hand, for personal care professionals who are overloaded and feel obligated to restrict personal attention.

Philip Alston will continue his trip through the autonomous regions of Madrid, Basque country, Extremadura, Andalusia and Catalonia until February 7th to learn about various realities and globally evaluate the situation of poverty in the entire nation.


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