Who are we?
AFAGA Alzheimer is a non-profit association whose aim is to implement a series of activites meant to get a better life for people with dementia and their relatives, and to provide information, counselling and advise to every person wishing so. In doing so, it intends to raise awareness among public and private entities about this desease with the aim of achieving a comprehensive and effective response to the demands of this target group. Furthermore, AFAGA promotes and supports research focused on this disease
The Association of Relatives of People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias of Galicia (AFAGA) was born in 1994 as a result of the concern of a group of relatives wanting to know more about this disease due to the lack of information at that time. AFAGA was the first association of relatives of people with dementia in Galicia.
At first, it had an regional character, but later, owing to the appearance of new associations and the impossibility of covering such a wide population spectrum, its scope of action was reduced to a provincial level. Most of the activities and programmes that they carry out have a local scope restricted to the city of Vigo.
AFAGA was part of the National Confederation of Associations of Relatives of People with Alzheimer’s (CEAFA). With the increase in the number of associations, it was necessary to create regional federations. AFAGA was a founding member of the Federation of Galician Associations of Relatives of People with Alzheimer’s (FAGAL). As a result of this process, the National Federation became a Confederation, of which the Galician Federation is currently a member.
Among its main objectives are to provide guidance and information to both relatives and the general public, to bring the reality of Alzheimer’s closer to public and private entities in order to achieve a broad and effective response to the demands of this group, and to promote and supports research focused on this disease.
Since 1994, this Association has been developing a series of activities and programmes to help patients and their families to alleviate the constraints imposed by this disease.
“The defence of the rights of people with Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative dementia and their families, providing specialised services and prevention measures, as well as developing social awareness activities.
“Understanding that awareness-raising encompasses training, research, talks, etcetera. With regard to prevention, the care of people without Alzheimer’s disease is included as well”.
“To be a professionalised and independent entity that aims to be a benchmark in the area with regards to specialisation, innovation and research”.
The principles and values of AFAGA Alzheimer are listed below:
- Social justice
- Respect for dignity
- Social responsibility
- Social equity
President: Juan Carlos Rodríguez Bernárdez
Vice-president: Marie Isabelle Prado
Treasurer: Olga Milla Castro
Secretary: Remigio Rodríguez Pérez
Member of the Board: Mª Josefa García Encina
Member of the Board: José Lago Bastero
Member of the Board: Aida Iglesias Paz
Member of the Board: María Carmen Álvarez Yrago
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