Nigeria’s first Memory Café

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Dr O M Lawal (Ministry of Health)

Memory Café in Ibadan

The memory café was established as part of our awareness building campaign in support of all elderly people living with Dementia in Nigeria. What is a “Memory Café”? A Memory Café provides a place where any member of the public, who feel that they, or a person they know, may have a short term memory problem, can drop in without an appointment, and talk to an experienced volunteer or a professional.  Memory Cafés provide strong levels of stimulation for the service users and an opportunity for carers to exchange experiences and information.

The event was sponsored by Rossetti Care with support from Purple Angel Ambassadors.

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Professor Adebayo, Purple Angel Ambassador

The main themes for the event was Health Care, Communication, and Community Involvement for people living with dementia in Nigeria. Of course other topics came up including wider social policy and aging strategies for Nigeria.

Dr O M Lawal representing the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health was given a thorough yet good-humoured grilling by participants when he gave his address. He also had the audience cheering as he delivered his keynote address.

Professor Aduke Adebayo, Purple Angel Ambassador, spoke about her passion for what we do, and imploring the community to help get rid of the stigma that plagues People Living with Dementia and their loved ones in Nigeria.

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Professor Ogunsheye, Purple Angel Ambassador

The Community Womens’ Leader attending talked about the need to spread awareness amongst all communities, as she herself had always thought that dementia was “spirits” at work, but she is beginning to understand more.

Professor Ogunsheye, Purple Angel Ambassador, challenged Dr Lawal as to why Nigeria still does not have a policy on ageing. Dr Lawal answered that it is early days for the new Federal administration. He explained that Oyo State has policies in place, and has had for years. He cited examples of work being done by the Governor’s wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi to ensure free health care across the State for the elderly.

Local Doctors also took part as did Community Leaders and as ever we were supported by the enthusiastic Nigeria Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Professor Baiyewu and Kikelomo Edwards

Professor Baiyewu and Kikelomo Edwards

Other group discussions and informal consultations took place. Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards and Professor Baiyewu made time to discuss the AD8 Dementia Screening test and other tools she obtained through the Dementia Knowledge Exchange Global.

We also had a great time.

Norman McNamara, Founder of the Purple Angel movement

Norman McNamara, Founder of the Purple Angel movement

A big thank you to everyone who helped and who pledged to continue supporting. We also have to extend a big thank you to Norman McNamara, the founder of the Purple Angel Movement.

Norman McNamara a resident of Torbay, Devon, UK was diagnosed with dementia at only 50 years of age.  Whilst out shopping one day he was rudely spoken to by a shopkeeper and decided to change the way people see dementia and treat others. The rest is history as Purple Angel Ambassadors spread the message of tolerance, acceptance, understanding and compassion for people living with dementia. Together we are making a difference. Worldwide.

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!

March Open Day

Open Event, Wednesday 4th March 2015

Following the success of the open event in January 2015 Rossetti Care have decided to continue with the open day format as part of the awareness building campaign in Capturesupport of elderly people in Nigeria.

The two main themes for the March event are Communication and Community Involvement for people living with dementia in Nigeria.

Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

Transport and pick up details to follow.

Dementia, communication, Isolation – Event this Wednesday

CaptureWednesday 4th March Open Event at Rossetti Care

On Wednesday this week we are exploring topics that where touched upon in our January Open Event. Participants wanted more information on what dementia is and how it differs from other conditions experienced by older people. They also asked shared the frustration encountered in communicating with people with dementia and wanted some information and strategies for better communication.

We have added these subjects to our programmed item “Tackling Isolation – Community Involvement” to explore at the forthcoming open event. The programme topics are:

  • What is Dementia?
  • Communication and Dementia
  • Tackling Isolation – Community Involvement

If you are interested in any of the topics under discussion please attend. Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

The event will be held at the Rossetti Care HQ in Tose, near Moniya. For those needing transport the pick-up point is:

  • 4 University Crescent, Bodija at 10am

Open day at Rossetti Care

CaptureOpen Event, Wednesday 4th March 2015

Following the success of the open event in January 2015 Rossetti Care have decided to continue with the open day format as part of the awareness building campaign in support of elderly people in Nigeria.

The two main themes for the March event are Communication and Community Involvement for people living with dementia in Nigeria.

Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

Transport and pick up details to follow.

Start the year with a wellness check at Rossetti Care

Rossetti Care invites you to their first event of 2015 on Wednesday 14th January 2015 starting at 11am

The event is open for the over 65’s and those who care for them and features:

  • Wellness check
  • Awareness programme
  • Q&A
  • Lunch
  • Dance

All for just N2K to cover expenses.

The event will be held at the Rossetti Care HQ in Tose, near Moniya. For those needing transport the pick-up point is:

  • 4 University Crescent, Bodija at 10am

Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Happy and healthy new year!

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