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Project Divulgamente starts with lectures about Alzheimer’s disease in Vigo, Santiago and Chantada

Almost 360 school students and professional developmet students in Galicia were benefitted by this activity launched by Fundación Barrié

25/10/2019 | Santiago, Vigo y Chantada

The project DIVULGAMENTE, belonging to the Alzheimer Umbrella Network 4.0 project by Federación Alzhéimer Galicia, starts off another year with the objective of getting younger generations involved, providing them knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative dementia.

This path started in the year 2013, when FAGAL found the need to create services to attend the real necessities of Galicia's rural population on the topic of dementia, and also, the need to carry out cross-generational activities to unite seniors and youth, not only for the benefits generated by both, but also to reestablish affective relationships between both generations.  That’s how Alzheimer Umbrella Network 4.0 was born in collaboration with Fundación Barrié.

The project DIVULGAMENTE has toured part of Galicia’s geography raising awareness and informing students about Alzheimer’s and how it affects our brain, as well as the actions aimed at preventing dementia from a young age.

Workshops started this year in Vigo, Santiago and Chantada, with a neurobiologist and senior researcher from IIS Galicia Sur (Health Research Institute Galicia Sur), who was in charge to give lectures to boys and girls from participant educational centers.

In total, nearly 630 students from 14 primary, bachelor and health educational cycle schools profited from this action that ended yesterday its first phase with an excellent reception.

Henceforth, two phases develop with Galician Alzheimer associations and participant educational centers as protagonists. The next phase considers the visit of professionals from the area's reference organization to the school, so they can explain the job they do every day with people affected by Alzheimer’s and their families. Lastly, the third phase consists in the visit of a limited number of students from each center to an Alzheimer care center. This way, girls and boys will learn first-hand the job the associations do and they will be able to take part in a joint activity.

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