Sakka Paraskevi

Sakka Paraskevi Phychiatrist Neurologist

Director, Neurodegenerative Brain Conditions - Memory Clinic

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • Faculty of Medicine Graduate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • 07/1982: Neurologist/Psychiatrist Specialty
  • 1982-1983: Registrar, Psychiatric Hospital, University of Cambridge
  • 1996: PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Doctoral thesis

  • 1996: PhD holder from the Neurologic Clinic, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on “Correlation between perfusion and space-occupying brain lesions using SPECT”

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

Fellowship in Societies

  • President of the Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders since 2002

  • General Secretary of the Hellenic Dementia Society

  • Member of the Hellenic Neurological Society

  • Member of the European Neurological Society

  • Member of the American Academy of Neurology

Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • Communicating with Alzheimer’s journal

Journal Editor

  • Information on Alzheimer’s journal


Work Experience

  • 1/10/1982-31/12/1983: Clinician, Psychiatric Hospital, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 1/12/1982-9/10/2003: Registrar & Associate Director, Neurology Clinic, Military Veterans’ Fund Hospital (NIMTS)

  • 10/10/2003-currently: Director, Neurodegenerative Brian Conditions Department & Memory Clinic, HYGEIA Hospital


Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest:

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Non-Alzheimer’s dementias

  • Neuropsychological tests in various types of dementia syndromes

  • Rapidly progressive dementias

  • Young-onset dementia

  • Parkinson-plus syndromes

Research Interest:

  • Biological markers in dementia, CSF proteins

  • Neuroimaging techniques (PET, SPECT) in dementia syndromes

  • Social dimension of Alzheimer’s, Caregivers burden, Alzheimer Associations

  • Prevention of dementia & Alzheimer’s disease


Honors & Awards

  • President of the working group for the National Action Plan for Dementia & Chairwoman of the National Observatory on Dementia


  • Chapters for the book Dementia: A Medical & Social Challenge, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki, 2005

  • Manual for Carers, Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, Athens, 2007

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Can be Treated. Get Informed! Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, Athens 2007

  • Activities for People Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Grigoris Publications, Athens, 2011

  • Mental Exercises: A Guide for Health Professionals, University Studio Press, Athens, 2012

  • Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Alzheimer’s, Athens Association of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, Athens, 2013

  • Chapters for the book «Empowering and Advocate», TOPOS Editions, 2016


Recent Publications

  • “Sleep quality and duration in relation to memory in the elderly: Initial results from the Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Aging and Diet”. Neurobiol Learn Mem, 2017.

  • “Mediterranean diet and cognitive health: Initial results from the Hellenic Longitudinal Investigation of Ageing and Diet”. PLoS One, 2017 Aug 1;12(8):e0182048.

  • “Dataset on the associations between sleep quality/duration and cognitive performance in cognitively healthy older adults”. Data brief, 2017;1 (14): 720-723.

  • “Protecting cognition from aging and Alzheimer’s disease: a computerized cognitive training combined with reminiscence therapy”.  Caltagirone C.Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2016.

  • “Life after care: psychological adjustment to bereavement in family carers of people with dementia”, Int Psychogeriatr, 2016.

  • “Physical exercise as an intervention in women with mild cognitive impairment”. Biology of Exercise Vol. 11.1. 2015

  • “Evaluating the Needs of Dementia Patients’ Caregivers in Greece: A Questionnaire Survey”. International Journal of Caring Sciences, Volume 8 Issue 2, pp. 274-280, 2015

  • Sharing knowledge to advance healthcare policies in Europe for people living with dementia and their carers: the ALCOVE project”. Barr et al. Archives of Public Health, 70:21, 2012

  • “Galantamine improves cognition, behavioral symptoms and functioning: a 6-month non-interventional study”, Annals of General Psychiatry, 2010, 9(Suppl 1): S131

  • “Attitudes and perceptions regarding Alzheimer’s diseases in Greece”, Am J Alzheimer’s Dis Other Dement 2009, 24(1): 21-6.

  • “Therapeutic Targets in Alzheimer’s Disease”, Primary Psychiatry, 2009, 16(11):29-36

  • “Effectiveness of open-label donepezil treatment in patients discontinuing memantine monotherapy”, Curr Med Res Opin, November 2007 (5)

Recent announcements in international conferences

  • 69th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, “HELIAD study: Dementia prevalence in Greece”,2017, Boston

  • EFNS, Joint congress of European neurology – Oral presentation: Ageing and dementia 1 “Early diagnosis of dementia – A campaign in a population of elderly people in Athens”, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2014

  • Contemporary Neuroimaging Topics – Round Table Chairmanship: “Parkinson Disease and Parkinsonism Syndromes”, Athens, 2014

  • 167th Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association, 3-7/5/2014, New York

  • 1st World Congress on Geriatrics & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research, “Brain reserve and cognitive training in the elderly”, 10-13/4/2014, Corfu, Greece

  • 10th Hellenic Congress on Public Health & Health Services: Road to Advancement – Round Table Chairmanship: Alzheimer’s Disease Can Be Prevented. Get Informed! “Protective/Burdening factors for developing dementia & Alzheimer’s disease”, Athens, 2014

  • Hellenic Dementia Society Satellite Convention, Chairmanship: “Contemporary information on the therapeutic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease”, Athens, 2014

  • 22nd Hellenic Psychiatry Congress – Round Table Chairmanship: “Cognitive exercises for people with dementia via computers / Results of the SOCIABLE program”, Ioannina, 2014

  • 13th International Geneva/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer’s Therapy, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 67th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, “SOCIABLE: A comprehensive ICT cognitive training programme empowering for healthy and cognitively impaired elderly”, 18-25/4/2015, Washington, DC