The Athens Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by carers of people with dementia and health care professionals interested in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It aims at raising awareness of all forms of dementia and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Currently the Association numbers 4450 official members and is run by a 7-member elected board.
Dr Sakka obtained her diploma in Medicine from the University of Athens in 1977 and specialty title in Neurology and Psychiatry in 1982. She spent one year at the Cambridge University Psychiatric Hospital, UK (1982-83). Since December 1983 she has worked at the Neurology Department of Athens Veterans Hospital where she has organized and directed a Memory Clinic. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Medical University of Athens in 1996. Since October 2003 she has been Director of the Department of Neurodegenerative Brain Diseases-Memory Clinic of Hygeia Hospital, Athens. Her scientific activities spread over a number of areas and she has participated as invited speaker in a number of national and international conferences. She has published numerous Greek and English papers. She participates in Greek and international research projects for dementia, in pharmacological as well as in clinical aspects. Her research interests include the functional imaging of the brain, dementia biomarkers and non-pharmacological treatments of dementia. She is particularly interested in the social dimension of dementia and the burden imposed on the caregivers. She has founded the Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and she has been continuously elected Chairwoman, since 2002. During the last years she has been active in making Dementia a Public Health priority in Greece. She is currently Chair of the National Observatory for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
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, 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. Additionally, she participates in research programs in collaboration with the A’ Neurological Clinic of Eginition Hospital from 2009 until today. Her clinical and research interests focus on neurodegenerative brain diseases and frailty. She is licensed to practice psychology (10031, 10/01/2007 Prefecture of Fthiotida) and she is a member of the Board of the Greek Neuropsychological Society and the Hellenic Dementia Association.