Media conference on the occasion of the campaign “Dementia does not choose” and the end of the project “Remember the human”

The Serbian Association for Alzheimer’s Disease organized today a media conference in the Media Center, where it informed the public about the outcome of the petition for the institutionalization of the Day Care Service in Belgrade for people with dementia, as well as about the results of the conducted Survey on the topic: “What other types of support are necessary for the family and the sick, by the state, in order to cope with the countless consequences of the disease more easily?”.

On this occasion, adviser Marko Rakić spoke in front of the ACT project, who said that this, as well as its sister organization, successfully cooperated with ACT and that together they inspired with their driving energy. “That’s why I wish you much success in all activities within the initiatives of the Serbian Association for Alzheimer’s Disease and in your enormous efforts to make life dignified for the elderly population and their families. Considering all your efforts so far, the support of the huge number of people who have confirmed it with their signatures, you can always count on the support of the ACT family, and once again I emphasize that I am sure that in the days to come there will be no shortage of success and that this advocacy initiative will succeed to ensure Day Care for people with dementia and support for their families,” concluded Rakić.

In front of SUAB – Nadežda Satarić informed the attendees about the Global Action Plan of the World Health Organization on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017 – 2025, about the seven key areas of action and global goals. Saša Đorđević, a relative of a demented person, talked about his experience and the shortcomings of our system regarding the lack of help for family members who often cannot work because they take care of the demented.

Aleksandra Jovanović, editor of the Penzin portal, presented the results of a survey conducted on this portal, “What other forms of support are necessary for the family and the patient, from the state, in order to cope more easily with the countless consequences of the disease?” Namely, 35% of people declared that the help of professional caregivers should be provided, 23.2% said that the conditions for the right to financial allowance should be relaxed, 22% said that more accommodation capacity should be provided in state homes, while the majority of comments related to to the dignity that is necessary for the sick and the humiliating situation in which they are currently.