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.

Prof Adebayo

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.

Professor Ogunsheye

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.

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.

 

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.