About US

Athens Alzheimer’s Association

 Day Center at Panormou

 

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

Dr Paraskevi Sakka

Dr Paraskevi Sakka

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.

Eva Ntanasi

Eva Ntanasi

Neuropsychologist, Scientific Officer

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Eva Ntanasi, MSc, PhD, is a Psychologist specialized in Neuropsychology. She is currently working in Alzheimer Athens Association and also participates in the Memory Clinic of the 1st Department of Neurology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has participated in many research protocols concerning epidemiology, prevention and treatment of dementia. Her research interests focus on the neurodegenerative and geriatric diseases and has published many articles in scientific journals.

Kostas Nikolaou

Kostas Nikolaou

Psychiatrist

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Kostas Nikolaou obtained his diploma in Medicine from the University of Athens in 1990 and specialty title in Psychiatry in 1999. He has been an associate at the department of Neurology of NIMTS Veterans Hospital in Athens from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 he is member of staff at the Department of Brain Neurodegenerative Diseases at HYGEIA Hospital, Athens. He has been working in Alzheimer Athens Day Care centers since 2007, his main duties being diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients as well as psychological support of families.  His research interests include psychological symptoms of Dementia and the psychological burden of family caregivers. Since 1999 he maintains a private practice office.

Faidra Kalligerou

Faidra Kalligerou

Neurologist

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Faidra Kalligerou, Neurologist. She is a PhD candidate at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She graduated from the Medical School of the University of Patras and specialized in Neurology at 251 General Airforce Hospital. She works as a neurologist at the Athens Alzheimer Association and is a Research Fellow at Aiginitio Hospital. She has participated in several international and greek conferences with announcements and presentations. She is involved in greek and international research programs on dementia and neurodegenerative diseases. Her clinical and research interest is focused on neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and in particular on the biological markers of dementia and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nikoletta Geronikola

Nikoletta Geronikola

Psychologist

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Nikoletta Geronikola is a Clinical Psychologist specialized in Neuropsychology. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Université Paris V Descartes and in Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis. After receiving her master’s degree, she had worked as a research and as a professor assistant in Université Paris 8 where she was responsible of a research team funded by the National Research Agency (ANR) and had participated in different funded projects. She started working with dementia since the beginning of her career in one of the biggest public hospitals in Paris, namely the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and had participated in many research protocols concerning dementia in one of the most famous research centers, the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM). After her return to Greece, she has been working at the Day Centre for people with dementia of Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders for more than 2 years now. She is also Programme director of BSc in Psychology in City Unity College in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University and a PhD candidate in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School.

Vasiliki Exarchakou

Vasiliki Exarchakou

Psychologist

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Vasiliki Exarchakou is a psychologist and a psychotherapist. She is a graduate of the Panteion University – Department of Psychology and has a Master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy, with a thesis in “The reality of dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of psychologists working with dementia patients and caregivers” from the Strathclyde University of Scotland (ICPS). She has specialized in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, trained in Focusing Experiential Psychotherapy (ICPS, British Focusing Association, Hellenic Focusing Center) and has European accreditation as a psychotherapist from the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). She has been employed at the Alzheimer Athens Association since 2014 working with persons with dementia and their caregivers both in individual as well as in group counselling, supervises volunteer and trainee counsellors in issues relating to dementia and caregiving, she conducts neuropsychological assessments and coordinates cognitive empowerment groups for persons with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Since 2015 and up to the present she coordinates the Person-centred counselling group for caregivers of persons with dementia and an Encounter group at a senior centre within the framework of the collaboration of the Alzheimer Association with the Municipality of Athens. Her interests, among others, include: seniors, dementia, chronic illnesses, the caregiver’s burden, grief and loss, and psychosocial interventions in dementia and caregiving. She has actively participated in the writing of collective works, in the European research program e-lily and in global and European conferences in the field of her interest. She is a founding member of the Panhellenic Association of Person-Centred & Experiential Professionals (PEEPVIP), since 2019.

Theodora Ireioti

Theodora Ireioti

Social Worker

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Ireioti Theodora is a social worker specializing in special education -counseling for parents. She received her degree in social work from the School of Occupational Health and Welfare in 2009 and continued her studies, completing the Annual Education Seminar on Special Education and parents counseling (500 hours) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2013). Since 2010 she has been working professionally in social work, having worked in an aged care unit in a private clinic as well as in a short-term care unit at the Alzheimer’s Psychiatric Society “Nestor”.

She has been in charge of the Scientific Center for Special Education “Family” for 4 years. She is currently working in Alzheimer Athens Association. She has participated in the educational program of the Panhellenic School of Parent Support for Students with Special Educational Needs and has worked as an apprentice in a primary school student with autism spectrum disorder.

In addition, she is an active volunteer member of the Hellenic Red Cross and has participated in educational lectures in the social welfare department

Giota Markella

Giota Markella

Nurse

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Giota Markella is a nurse.  She studied Nursing at the Technological Educational Institute of Patras and has specialized in the field of special education-counseling for parents. She has a valid work license since 2012. She completed her internship at the private hospital HYGEIA. She has previously worked at MITERA Private Hospital, at the private hospital HYGEIA in the Intensive Care Unit and as a school nurse. She has been working for the Athens Alzheimer’s Association since 2019. She is a member of the Hellenic Nurses Association and has attended many seminars about older people care.

Contact Us!

Vatheos 25 & Panormou St., Athens, 11522

Tel: +302106424228

Fax: +30 210 6424228

e-mail: kentroalz@otenet.gr

 

www.alzheimerathens.gr