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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
In support of World Alzheimer’s Month our sponsor, Rossetti Care, is hosting workshops designed to benefit professionals who come into contact with people with dementia, family members of people with dementia and carers in order to increase understanding of dementia. Workshops will be held in Ibadan, Nigeria during September 2013.
It will increase understanding of dementia, enabling professionals and carers to better meet the needs of those living with dementia.
Using interactive and engaging exercises the workshops offer an insight into the everyday experience of dementia, exploring signs, symptoms and the potential impact.
Participants will reflect on what it may be like to live with dementia, recognising that people with dementia have unique needs and preferences, and considering how best to support those living with the condition.
Anyone who comes into contact with people with dementia will benefit from this informative and inspiring workshop.
What is dementia?
The experience of dementia
Supporting people with dementia
This workshop is aimed at all levels regardless of role or responsibility. It is particularly suitable for those who have occasional or regular contact with dementia and can be tailored to meet the needs of those working in a variety of settings.
Participants who have completed this workshop can go on to sit the Alzheimer’s Society Foundation Certificate in Dementia Awareness.
Foundation certificate in dementia awareness
At the end of the workshop participants have the option to sit the Alzheimer’s Society Foundation Certificate in Dementia Awareness examination. If successful candidates receive a certificate and a badge to demonstrate their achievement. The Foundation Certificate in Dementia Awareness is externally accredited and test papers have to be bought in advance.
The workshops are free however there is a charge for the examination should you wish to take it. If you would like to participate please contact using the form below for details.