September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities in Ibadan

World Alzheimer’s Month in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2015 is Remember Me. We’re encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.

The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.

Every September Alzheimer associations across the world take part in an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma faced by older people living with dementia.

Nigeria has been participating in this campaign. For the last couple of Septembers you may have seen us marching through Ibadan and its suburbs to raise awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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This year, we are doing a bit more. We continue our awareness campaign towards the end of August going from village to village within Akinyele Local Government Area. Then we move on to Ona Ara Local Government Area through to Ibadan North at the end of September, then other Local Government Areas until we cover the whole of Oyo State by the end of the year.

Rossetti Care, in collaboration with Dementia Care Society of Nigeria (DCSoN), Dementia Nigeria, Dementia Knowledge Exchange Global (DKEG), and Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Nigeria is working with the theme to inform people of ways to reduce the risk of getting dementia as well as raising awareness about how we could better care for our loved ones living with dementia.

This year’s programme starts with the first Memory Cafe event in Nigeria. This will take place on 25th August 2015 at 10am. The venue is at Rossetti Care, Wahabi Olayiwola Layout, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan. The event will include group discussions, music, dancing, food and drinks.

The next event on this programme is the Global World Alzheimer’s Day. Please join us at 10.30am on Monday, September 21st in front of the Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan. We will march from there to the end of the Restoration Bridge and back, followed by Lunch and Dance at Rossetti Care.

 

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We do not have to look far to see that Nigeria’s aging population is growing. As we get older and approach retirement it is vital that we start to understand and plan for our care needs as well as the already aged people we live with.  Part of this is to reduce the risk of getting dementia as we age. Research shows that there are five main drivers to reducing the risk of developing dementia. They are good care of your heart, keeping physically active, having a healthy diet, keeping mentally active and being in good company taking part in social activities.

We all know a mischievous Uncle, Auntie or grandparent and we love them. Old people, and especially old people with dementia, can be a challenge but they can also be great fun and they still have the capacity to enjoy themselves heartily.  Come and see this for yourself by joining us on 25th August 2015, and on 21st September 2015 to celebrate our older people, learn more about how best to care for them and get information about how help reduce our risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles.

Visit our Facebook pages: Dementia Nigeria, Dementia Care Society of Nigeria (DCSoN), Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Nigeria

For details phone 07068633627, email info@rossetticare.com Rossetti Care www.rossetticare.com

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Ibadan 2015

Children join in campaign to tackle elder abuse

Growing up in Nigeria in the 60s the idea of “elder abuse” was inconceivable. But times change and in the hustle bustle of our fast developing nation some of our old folk are being left behind, neglected and ill-treated. This is a 21st century reality that needs to be addressed in Nigeria and throughout the world.

Primary School children put on a show

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day happens each year on 15 June. To commemorate the day in 2015 Rossetti Care in association with Dementia Care Society of Nigeria and Dementia Nigeria teamed up with the local primary school to remind the young as the importance of their elders in a way that was both educational and fun for young and old alike.

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The school children put on a show for the residents which we all enjoyed. After a short refreshment break we had discussions led by residents followed by prayers.

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Our residents were thankful that they have relatives who love and care for them and visit them often. The schoolchildren praised that they had grandparents who love and care for them too. All the children agreed that they must never forget their grandparents and parents and will continue to respect them as they grow older and lead busier lives.

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The School Principal had to break up the fun as an arithmetic lesson was about to start. The schoolchildren left reluctantly and promised to visit their old neighbours at Rossetti Care frequently.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established by the United Nations, following representations the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The campaign is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward now and in years to come.

 

Awareness building event in June 2015

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Due to popular demand Rossetti Care will be hosting another event in June 2015. As with previous events the day will focus on one or two key topics concerning care for the elderly in Nigeria and presented in a format that is entertaining and engaging.

Presently we are working through a shortlist of topics to discuss and building the resources to present them.

If you have elderly care experience and would like to take part in presenting as part of a future event please contact Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards at info@rossetticare.com.

Have your diary ready and watch this space!