Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
At the moment the economic conditions in Greece are very difficult. The economic crisis hits every single family, sector and region. The consequences are shown on all levels. The government economic support on non-governmental social care or other initiatives is decreased or annihilated, family economics are getting worse. Hence, informative campaigns on the general public or towards special target group (such as children) is rare and lies in the inspiration, talent, workforce of our Association. In addition, one should consider that trying to reach the pupils was a difficult task given the bureaucracy involded but also due to the fact that the context of our speeches should be carefully designed and approved.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Professor Tsolaki was the founder of the Greek Association and the first scientist in Greece to put dementia in the agenda of the state and raise awareness for this issue. She managed to gain funding from the state and the E.U and initiate the first day care centre for dementia patients. After all these years of dealing with patients and families and raising awareness for the general public, Mrs Tsolaki wanted to take this one step further and start to infrom and educate children in order to train the new generation on how to better cope with the disease and the problems that arise, tackling at the same time social stigma at its roots.