In the summer of 2021, Alzheimer Bulgaria, in collaboration with Professor Felix Diaz from the American University in Bulgaria, organized seminars on “Improving the quality of life, cognitive functioning, and communication for people with dementia.” The workshops introduced various modern intervention systems that would help people with dementia and their families in their daily lives. The seminars were carried out with the financial support of the Open Society University Network.
Thanks to the partnership, Alzheimer Bulgaria gave two AUBG students the opportunity to do an internship in the association in order to gain knowledge and experience in working with people with dementia as well as with administrative tasks related to the organization. In addition, Professor Diaz and the association will write a book based on the topics of the seminars and research based on the covered topics.
On June 18, representatives of the association and Professor Diaz presented their work in the conference hall of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” at the conference “Public Aspects of Mental Health and Mental Disorders” under the project “Mental Health and Social Inequalities,” funded by NSF. It was attended by experts and scientists in the health and social field, and various studies and scientific papers were presented.
Professor Felix Diaz and Kalina Ekova, who is part of the association, spoke about the problems of people with dementia in Bulgaria, such as: the difficulty of receiving a diagnosis of the disease, the lack of legal framework for people with dementia and their relatives, the lack of statistics, etc. They also shared more about the seminars held, their structure, and results.
Alzheimer Bulgaria will continue to work with Professor Diaz in the future because it will contribute to the development of quality teaching materials and programs and the inclusion of more young people in the association’s cause.