They are located at the Old Naval Hospital complex, where, at the opening, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo praised the way that his government had ‘completely revolutionised’ the way we look at people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The venue will become the society’s headquarters, and hold family support meetings for those living with dementia, their families and carers. They will also be able to give advice on health and care services and resources.
Picardo stressed the importance of providing appropriate facilities and support to sufferers of the diseases: “It is true that a community the size of Gibraltar has a disproportionate number of people suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia as well, and the facilities that we have already may not be able to cater for everybody,” he said.
“One of the things that we need to do is keep people at home for as long as possible and ensure they have the ability to come to a day centre, and that we understand how we can help them at home.”