About US

Athens Alzheimer’s Association

Day Center at Marousi

 

Information

 

Types of Assessments
  • Neuropsychological Assessment by the use of appropriate validated in the Greek language Scales:

    • MINI MENTAL STATE EXAMINATION – MMSE
    • ADDENBROOKE’S COGNITIVE EXAMINATION –REVISED –      ACE-R
    • GEORGIA COMPLEX FIGURE
    • GREEK VERBAL LEARNING TEST
    • DIGIT SPAN
    • THE FRONTAL ASSESSMENT Battery – FAB
    • THE SEVERE MINI MENTAL STATE EXAMINATION – SMMSE
    • CLOCK DRAWING TEST
    • ZARIT BURDEN INTERVIEW (ZBI)
    • NPI – Neuropsychiatric Inventory
    • GERIATRIC DEPRESSION SCALE – GDS
    • BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY  – BDI
    • FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES QUESTIONNAIRE (FAQ)
    • IADL
    • FUCAS
What should patients bring when visiting the clinic?
  • Insurance number
  • Reading Glasses (if needed)
  • Assistive Listening Headphones (if needed)
  • Previous tests
  • Current medication
Research Activities

EU Project Erasmus+

Live and learn – Innovative ICT based learning and mentoring approaches for Alzheimer’s communities (DEM@ENTORING)

https://www.dementoring.eu/

 

EU Project Erasmus+

Innovative Digital Training opportunities in Dementia for Direct Care Workers (iDO)

http://idoproject.eu/

 

EU Project Erasmus+

Training of caregivers on early identification and diagnosis support of dementia (EARLYDEM)

 

EU Project Erasmus+

ehealth Literacy Learning Skills among carers of older people and people with Dementia (eLILY)

http://elily.eu/

 

Research productivity of the clinic with links to papers:

The Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Aging and Diet (HELIAD)

Educational Activities
  • Educational Seminars for caregivers “Caregiver’s School”
  • Caregivers Psychoeducational Support Groups
  • Nursing Seminars for caregivers
  • CPR training for caregivers and health professionals
  • Educational Seminars for Health Professionals
  • Internship for Medical Students, Psychology students, Nursing School students, Speech therapy students, Sociology students etc.
  • Social Service
Population to whom the services are addressed
  • Elderly people interested in dementia prevention activities
  • People with memory and cognitive disorders
  • People with all different types of dementia
  • Caregivers of people with dementia
    • Health Professionals interested in dementia

    Available Services
    • Services for patients:

      • Memory clinic (diagnosis and follow-up of people with MCI and all different types of dementia)
      • Occupational therapy
      • Speech therapy
      • Mental enhancement programs
      • Psychotherapeutic interventions
      • Physical exercise programs
      • Social service

       

      Services for caregivers:

      • Educational Seminars for caregivers “Caregiver’s School”
      • Individual Counselling
      • Psychotherapy
      • Alzheimer Café
      • Social Service

       

      All services are free of charge.

    Our Team

    Paraskevi Sakka

    Paraskevi Sakka

    Scientific Supervisor, Neurologist -Psychiatrist

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    Dr Paraskevi Sakka graduated from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) from which she also obtained a specialty title in Neurology and Psychiatry. She completed her training at the Cambridge University Psychiatric Hospital, UK. She obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Medical School of NKUA. Since 2003, she has been Director of the Department of Neurodegenerative Brain Diseases – Memory Clinic of Hygeia Hospital in Athens. Her clinical work is seeing elderly patients with dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders. Her research interests include pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments of dementia and the use of Technological Innovations in monitoring and supporting patients with cognitive impairment. She has participated in numerous Greek and international projects for dementia and other degenerative brain disorders. Dr. Sakka is particularly interested in the social aspects of dementia and the burden imposed on caregivers and families. She has founded the Athens Alzheimer Association in which has been continuously elected president, since 2002. During the last years she has been active in making Dementia a Public Health priority in Greece.  Since 2015, as Head of the Greek National Observatory for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Sakka has been working towards the development and the implementation of the Greek Dementia Action Plan.

    Eleni Margioti

    Eleni Margioti

    Scientific Officer, Neuropsycologist

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    Eleni Margioti is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a PhD student in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and she is awarded with a scholarship from the A.G. Leventis Foundation. She holds a BSc in Psychology from National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece and a Master in Clinical Neuropsychology, joint program from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece with the University of Texas, Health Science Center, U.S.A. During her studies she received an undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship from the Athens University Scholarships and Awards section. She works in the Athens Alzheimer’s Association since 2007 and she coordinates a Dementia Day Care Center in Maroussi since 2012. At the same time, she works privately as a Clinical Neuropsychologist applying neuropsychological assessments and cognitive rehabilitation programs for people with memory problems and dementia. She has also been teaching in private colleges in Greece since 2013. Additionally, she participates in research programs (Long Lasting Memories, Epidemiological study of dementia in Greece – HELIAD) in collaboration with the A’ Neurological Clinic of Eginition Hospital from 2009 until today. Her clinical and research interests focus on neurodegenerative brain diseases, risk factors and prevention strategies for dementia. She is licensed to practice psychology and she is a member of the Board of the Greek Neuropsychological Society.

    Vasilis Pappas

    Vasilis Pappas

    Neurologist

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    Vasilis Pappas was born in Athens, Greece in April 11th 1973. After completing elementary to high school education, he studied medicine in English Programme Medical school of Pecs, Hungary. He graduated in 1999, and since 2000 he is occupied as medical doctor. He completed the specialty of Neurology in 2011, in the 1st Department of Neurology, Aiginition Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School. Since 2012 he works as private practician and Neurologist in Maroussi Day Care Center, Memory Clinic, of Athens Alzheimer Association. From 2012 to 2017  he participated as Scientific Consultant in the Memory Outpatient Department, 1st Department of Neurology, Aiginition Hospital. He is actively participating in many events organised by  Athens Alzheimer Association.

    Aristidis Vasiliou

    Aristidis Vasiliou

    Neurologist

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    Aristidis Vasiliou is a neurologist. He studied medicine in the University of Patras and completed his specialty of Neurology in the General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia AGIOI ANARGYROI and the neurological clinic of Southmead Hospital in Bristol UK. He is licensed to practice neurology since 2007. He works in the Athens Alzheimer’s Association since February 2020 in the program “Interconnection of Maroussi Day Center Center for People with Dementia program with Local Social Service Units for the elderly”. During this program, he performs clinical examination to people over 60 years old with memory difficulties and trains Health Professionals working in Social Services in dementia related issues.

    Christina Demenega

    Christina Demenega

    Psychologist

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    Christina Demenega has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at School of Philosophy of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Stress Management and Health Promotion at Medicine School of Athens. She has been working since 2012 as a Psychologist in Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, in the Day Care Center of Maroussi – carrying out neuropsychological assessments of elderly with cognitive decline and designing and implementing cognitive training programs and other psychosocial interventions for people with MCI and Dementia.

    Sophia Kanellopoulou

    Sophia Kanellopoulou

    Psychologist

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    Sophia Kanellopoulou is a BSc psychologist by the University of Wales, Bangor. Also she has obtained a Master of Science in Health Psychology by the University of Surrey. She has been working since 2012 at Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. In particular she performs neuropsychological assessment,  offers support and cognitive training to people affected. In addition she performs psychoeducation and counselling to their caregivers.

    Vasiliki Koumtzi

    Vasiliki Koumtzi

    Psychologist

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    Vasiliki Koutzmpi is a psychologist specialized in Clinical Neuropsychology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from Leiden University, Netherlands. She is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Greece since 2017. She started her career in Athens Alzheimer’s Association on 2020 working at the programme “Connecting the Amarousio Day Centre for people with dementia with local authority units for older adults”. Her research interests include healthy ageing, the development of non-pharmacological interventions, the use of new technologies and improvement of life quality for people living with neurodegenerative disorders.

    Maria Monokrousou

    Maria Monokrousou

    Social Worker

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    Maria Monokrousou has a Bachelor’s degree from the Social Work Department at Faculty of Health and Caring Professions of Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Athens. She has been working since 2012 as a Social Worker in the Athens Alzheimer’s Association, in the Day Care Center of Maroussi  – counseling caregivers on practical daily care issues and providing information regarding social benefits. Furthermore,  she has helped to build helpful connections within the community and coordinate psychosocial interventions teams for people with MCI and Dementia.

    Aristea Livani

    Aristea Livani

    Social Worker

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    Aristea Livani is a social worker. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the School of Health and Welfare Professions, Department of Social Work, of the Technological Educational Institute of Patra. She has completed a four-year training cycle in Family Psychotherapy at the Center for Family Psychotherapy and Education. She is licensed to practice as a social worker in Greece since 2009 and has experience working in many inpatient and outpatient care units for older adults as well as municipal social services. She is currently working in Athens Alzheimer’s Association at the programme “Connecting the Amarousio Day Centre for people with dementia with local authority units for older adults”.

    Christina Bouzineki

    Christina Bouzineki

    Psysicotherapist

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    Christina Bouzineki has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy, University of Thessaly and Specialization in Special Needs Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a MSc student at University of West Attica in New methods in Physiotherapy, in the domain of neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. She has also qualified as an Otago exercise programme leader that specializes in preventing older adults’ falls. She has been working since 2014 as a Physiotherapist in Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, in the Day Care Center of Maroussi – carrying out mobility assessments, designing and implementing clinical therapeutic exercise programs for older adults with memory problems and dementia. She is also applying individual neurological rehabilitation interventions in people with severe mobility difficulties.

    Dimitris Dimitropoulos

    Dimitris Dimitropoulos

    Nurse

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    Dimitropoulos Dimitriοs is a nurse. He holds his bachelor’s degree in Nursery from the Technological Institution of Lamia and is licensed to practice nursery since 2008. He works as a nurse in the Athens Alzheimer’s Association (Dementia Day Care Center in Amarousio). He furthermore practices psychosocial interventions in groups of patients diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. More specifically, he coordinates chorus, theatrical play and fairy-tale groups.

    Contact Us!

    Zinonos Eleatou 8 St., Maroussi, 151 23

    T: +302106180073

    e-mail: kalzmarousi@gmail.com

     

    www.alzheimerathens.gr