Article about Hungarian Alzheimer Cafés and Alzheimer related events in the Alzheimer Europe Newsletter
"27 September: Two new Alzheimer Cafés open in Hungary during World Alzheimer’s Month
The Social Cluster Association of Hungary is proud to announce, that in September two new Alzheimer Cafés have started in Hungary, one is at the biggest and most frequented district of Budapest, the XI. District, and the second is in one of the most significant cities of West-Hungary, Székesfehérvár.
On 8 September, under the umbrella of World Alzheimer's Month a major event took place in the XV District of Budapest, aimed at bringing attention to initiatives that can not only provide help and support for the people living with Alzheimer and the people taking care of them, but future solutions for society as well. Among the many participants were Dr. Miklós Menyhárt practitioner and Tamás Tatai, the originator and manager of the project „Dementia friendly Mosonmagyaróvár”. The Social Cluster of Hungary was represented by the association’s vice president, Dr. Győző Pék, and the secretary-general, Dr. Norbert Vajda. The event attracted huge interest, and gave the opportunity to address many important topics and questions related to Alzheimer and dementia.On 23 September, a comprehensive health screening programme for dementia (part of the INDA project) took place at Nagykovácsi where well-prepared professionals had a talk about dementia and its effect on society with the interested and voluntary audience, and had them fill out a Mini Cognitive Test for the purpose of bringing attention to the importance of screening. Aside from the participants, press and media were also present to maximise the opportunity to raise awareness."
15-16 June: Hungary’s Social Cluster Association reports on its Common Speaking Experts 2017 conference On 15 and 16 June, the Social Cluster Association held the Common Speaking Experts 2017 conference in Budapest, Hungary. The 2-day-long conference focused on inter-professional long-term care with presentations in both English and Hungarian language (via simultaneous translation) and with the participation of more than 150 experts from more than 10 countries. Many highly acclaimed professional honoured the conference either as audience members or presenters, including some of the members of Alzheimer Europe, such as Charles Scerri who gave a presentation both on day 1 – the plenary session providing an international outlook – and day 2, in one of the 6 sections. The opening speech was given by Ledia Lazëri, Head of the WHO Country Office in Hungary, highlighting the significance of this event. At the end of the first day, a consensus paper was approved by the participants regarding important guidelines for the improvement and optimisation of care services.
Dementia was a major focus point of the conference, and as a result we devoted a whole section to Hungarian Alzheimer Cafés, where the participants got to know the Slovenian good practices as well, through the presentation of Stefanija L. Zlobec. Other important themes, among many, included the actualities of geriatrics, incontinence, palliative care, and education. The importance of inter-professional and international cooperation and the development of coherent strategies in order to find the best solutions, was addressed. By the end of the conference – which we would be happy to repeat in the future - we all gained a lot of useful information and valuable experience we hope to utilise in the field of care.
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