Dementia Friends is coming to Nigeria

DFN-Logo3Every Nigerian town and village has someone living with dementia. Almost every Nigerian knows someone living with dementia although they may not be aware of this fact. People with dementia are often misunderstood, excluded or treated differently and are more likely to become socially isolated. Stereotypes or misinformation can intimidate friends and family.

Dementia Friends Nigeria is a national awareness and public engagement initiative. The aim is to support the people and Government States of Nigeria to create a more aware and informed Nigerian population to dispel myths and reduce stigma about dementia. The program focuses on individuals and workplaces, providing the opportunity for people from all walks of life to sign up as a Dementia Friend.

A Dementia Friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into simple actions that can help people with dementia live well. Registering to become a Dementia Friend is easy and means joining a growing movement of individuals and workplaces who are increasing awareness and creating positive change worldwide.

Nigeria will be the 3rd country to be given the privilege of running the Dementia Friends initiative by Alzheimer’s Society. Canada and Mauritius have already launched Dementia Friends, and other countries are waiting in line. We hope you can join us for the launch of the Nigerian initiative on the 28th of January 2016.

Notes for editors

  • Dementia Friends Nigeriais modelled after Dementia Friends in the United Kingdom.
  • Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.
  • The initiative is being adapted to the Nigerian context.
  • For more information contact Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards, Rossetti Care Limited, Wahabi Olayiwola Layout, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan, Nigeria, telephone +234 (0)7068 633 627
  • The word dementiadescribes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.
  • Much of the Dementia Friends Nigeria initiative will be carried out online. Bookmark this page for further details dementianigeria.com/dementiafriends

World Alzheimer’s Day 2015 in Oyo State, Nigeria

World Alzheimer’s Day, Oyo State, 21st September 2015

029Rossetti Care worked with Oyo State and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners to produce a lively forum raising awareness in support of all elderly people living with Dementia in Nigeria.

Twelve out of 33 honourable members of the Oyo State House of Assembly attended demonstrating the growing support for the awareness building campaign. Over 300 attended the event and representatives from the media attended to further spread the word.

Speaking after the event, Kikelomo Edwards from Rossetti Care said

I was very impressed with the level of support for this initiative particularly as we had limited resources for promoting it. My thanks go to the Oyo State House of Assembly and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners who continue to show their care for elderly people living with dementia. My apologies to those who did not get the information in time and who were unable to attend.  Oyo state is certainly becoming Dementia aware, and Dementia Friendly!

Norman MacNamara, the Founder of the Purple Angel Dementia Awareness movement, said

We and the world are so very proud of the work you are doing to raise awareness of dementia and hope it spread`s over the whole of your wonderful country. Oyo is the First State in Africa to receive PURPLE ANGEL STATUS, and the others will be looking towards you wonderful people to take your example and take this forward. Please know that we here at the Purple Angel are next to your side at every step of the way and always here to help you when needed. May you be guided to carry on this wonderful work in the knowledge that what you are doing will help so very many, and for that we will be eternally grateful.

 

World Alzheimers Day in Oyo State

21 September 2015, World Alzheimer’s Day

WAM_Oyo_A3121st September is World Alzheimer’s Day™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge dementia stigma. Each year, more and more countries are participating in World Alzheimer’s events and in many areas, dementia awareness is growing.

September is a time for action, a global movement united by its call for change, but it is also a time to reflect on the impact of dementia, a disease that will affect more and more people as the years pass.

For this year’s event, we are working with Oyo State, the Nigerian Union of Pensioners and Purple Angel Global. This is to continue our awareness building campaign in support of all elderly people living with Dementia in Nigeria. The main themes for the event are Basic Brain, and General Health Check; Fostering Community Involvement for people living with dementia in Nigeria; and Preparation of Oyo State as an Age Friendly Community.

oyo2Programme of event on the occasion of the Fourth World Alzheimer’s Day Held at the Western Hall, Oyo State House of Assembly, Secretariat, Ibadan on Monday 21st of September 2015

10.15AM – Arrival of invited guests

10.25AM – Arrival of special guests

10.30AM – Opening Prayers by Prof Ogunsheye

10.35AM – Introductions

10.55AM – Welcome address by the Head of Rossetti Care, Mrs Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards

11.15AM – Remarks by Hon Mrs Bolanle Agbajeadilogo

11.25AM – Remarks by the Secretary of The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Comrade Abatan

11.35AM – Good will message, and sample of basic brain, and general health check by the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health

11.50AM – Vote of thanks by the Desk Officer Non-Communicable Disease, Mrs Abioye

12NOON – Health checks continue

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Download a printable copy of the programme here

World Alzheimer Report 2014

World Alzheimer Report 2014 Reveals Persuasive Evidence For Dementia Risk Reduction

London, 17 September 2014

Dementia risk for populations can be modified through tobacco control and better prevention, detection and control of hypertension and diabetes.

The World Alzheimer Report 2014 ‘Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors’, released today, calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) commissioned a team of researchers, led by Professor Martin Prince from King’s College London, to produce the report. ADI is publishing this report, in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day™ (21 September) and as a part of World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The report reveals that control of diabetes and high blood pressure as well as measures to encourage smoking cessation and to reduce cardiovascular risk, have the potential to reduce the risk of dementia even in late-life. The report found that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50%. Obesity and lack of physical activity are important risk factors for diabetes and hypertension, and should, therefore, also be targeted.

While cardiovascular health is improving in many high income countries, many low and middle income countries show a recent pattern of increasing exposure to cardiovascular risk factors, with rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Smoking cessation is strongly linked in the report with a reduction in dementia risk. For example, studies of dementia incidence among people aged 65 years and over show that ex-smokers have a similar risk to those who have never smoked, while those who continue to smoke are at much higher risk.

Furthermore, the study revealed that those who have had better educational opportunities have a lower risk of dementia in late-life. Evidence suggests that education has no impact on the brain changes that lead to dementia, but reduces their impact on intellectual functioning.

The evidence in the report suggest that if we enter old age with better developed, healthier brains we are likely to live longer, happier and more independent lives, with a much reduced chance of developing dementia. Brain health promotion is important across the life span, but particularly in mid-life, as changes in the brain can begin decades before symptoms appear.

The study also urges NCD programs to be more inclusive of older people, with the message that it’s never too late to make a change, as the future course of the global dementia epidemic is likely to depend crucially upon the success or failure of efforts to improve global public health, across the population. Combining efforts to tackle the increasing global burden of NCDs will be strategically important, efficient and cost effective. Leading a healthier lifestyle is a positive step towards preventing a range of long-term diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

However, survey data released by Bupa* has shown that many people are unclear about the causes and actions they can take to potentially reduce their risk of dementia. Just over a sixth (17%) of people realised that social interaction with friends and family could impact on the risk. Only a quarter (25%) identified being overweight as a possible factor, and only one in five (23%) said physical activity could affect the risk of developing dementia and losing their memories. The survey also revealed that over two thirds (68%) of people surveyed around the world are concerned about getting dementia in later life.

Professor Martin Prince, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and author of the report, commented: “There is already evidence from several studies that the incidence of dementia may be falling in high income countries, linked to improvements in education and cardiovascular health. We need to do all we can to accentuate these trends. With a global cost of over US$ 600 billion, the stakes could hardly be higher.”

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International said: “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that most of the risk factors for dementia overlap with those for the other major non communicable diseases (NCDs). In high income countries, there is an increased focus on healthier lifestyles, but this is not always the case with lower and middle income countries. By 2050, we estimate that 71% of people living with dementia will live in these regions, so implementing effective public health campaigns may help to reduce the global risk.”

Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa, said: “While age and genetics are part of the disease’s risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise, and having a good education, coupled with challenging your brain to ensure it is kept active, can all play a part in minimising your chances of developing dementia. People who already have dementia, or signs of it, can also do these things, which may help to slow the progression of the disease.”

The full report can be found here: www.alz.co.uk/worldreport2014

 

September 2014: World Alzheimer’s Month activity in Ibadan

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. Last September you may have seen us marching through Ibadan to raise awareness about dementia in our country.

Alz_march_banner1This year at Rossetti Care, we are 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.

The programme starts with a Communion Service followed by discussions, singing, music, dancing and good food at our main building in Tose, near Moniya.  Please join us at 3pm on Sunday September 21st at Rossetti Care, Wahabi Olayiwola Layout, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan.

We do not have to look far to see that Nigeria’s aging population is growing. As our baby boomers get older and approach retirement it is vital that we start to understand and plan for their, and our, care needs as well as the already aged people with 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.

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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 21st September 2014 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. For details email info@rossetticare.com

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10 September 2014

Memory Walk on Thursday, 26 September 2013

adi_logoMemory Walk on Thursday, 26 September 2013

The increasing diagnosed cases of dementia in Nigeria especially in old age necessitates the creation of awareness and sensitization through intensive campaign among healthcare professionals, formal and informal caregivers, and the general public.

To commemorate the World Alzheimer’s Month 2013 the Alzheimer’s Disease International Oyo State branch have organized a Walk to sensitize the society on the theme “Dementia: a journey of caring”

Join in with the walk to show your support for improving hte well-being for people living with dementia.

The walk starts from The Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Ibadan from 10am on Thursday 26 September 2013.

It will be followed by a lunch hosted by Rossetti Care in Tose, Moniya, Ibada starting 1pm where you will have the opportunity to discuss issues surrounding dementia and meet professionals working in the field of elderly care.

World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month!

September 2013 will be the second global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2013 is Dementia: a journey of caring.

This year, Alzheimer associations across the world will focus their activities on the care required by people with dementia throughout the course of the condition.

During World Alzheimer’s Month, Alzheimer’s Disease International will launch the World Alzheimer Report 2013. This report will consider the continuum of care. Find out more about the World Alzheimer Report.

Read a report on World Alzheimer’s Month 2012.

World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month!

September 2013 will marked the second global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2013 is Dementia: a journey of caring. The month will include activities centred around raising awareness about dementia and practical advice for caring for people living with dementia. This will build on last year’s theme of “Overcoming the stigma of dementia“.

The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia, released on 21 September 2012, shares results from a worldwide survey conducted with people with dementia and carers on their personal experiences of stigma. The report provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights best practices in the field of dementia, and makes recommendations which could help reduce stigma.

Read the report

The Executive Summary highlights the key findings and recommendations. The full report includes quotes from carers and people with dementia, further analysis of the survey responses and a selection of essays from people with expertise and experience relevant to dementia and stigma.

Have a look at the short video from last year’s World Alzheimer’s Month 2012.