World Alzheimer’s Day in Oyo State, Nigeria

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

Rossetti 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.

Rossetti Care hosts Nigeria’s first memory café

Memory Café in Ibadan

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Dr O M Lawal (Ministry of Health)

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 hosted by Dementia Nigeria 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.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Ibadan, Nigeria, 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.

 

Nigerian Elected Full Member of the World Dementia Council

Nigerian serves on the World Dementia Council

Nigerian Chief Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards has been elected as a Full Member of the World Dementia Council at a meeting in London where the Council was re-formed to include representation from all over the world.

An excited Kiki (as her friends fondly refer to her) promises to use her 3-year tenure to ensure Nigeria and other African countries continue to work towards reducing the stigma, contributing effort into finding a cure, and developing a dementia strategy to care for people with living with Dementia.

group-photo-fms-and-amsThe creation of a World Dementia Council was one of the main commitments made at the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013.The new Council brings together the broadest range of influential global leaders with expertise and experience in dementia from all sectors, enabling in a bid to challenge and support Governments, industry, NGOs, public sector, academia, the research community and people with dementia worldwide in a concerted effort to address the world’s biggest disease burden.

Care of people with dementia varies hugely across the world, and many experience stigma and social isolation – 40% say that they have been avoided or treated differently. Dementia is sometimes perceived as a normal sign of ageing, mental illness or even by certain cultures as having supernatural elements. People can also be victims of abuse, for example being beaten for being ‘stubborn’, restrained regularly, both physically and by use of antipsychotic drugs, and cast out from their communities.

WDC Chair, Dr. Yves Joanette, said:

“The world has to face up to the staggering personal and economic impact of the biggest disease challenge that we face today. I’m delighted to welcome the new international members of our re-formed Council. Together, we have to mount a truly global assault to change the lives for people with dementia and their caregivers, including the most neglected and isolated. We will do so by amplifying the voices of people with dementia, organisations and communities to reach all corners of the world. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to challenge and support all Governments in addressing this issue.”

The English Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, said:

“I thank the World Dementia Council and Envoy for the remarkable progress they have made so far, setting us well on the way to achieve the aims we first established at the G8 Summit as part of the UK Presidency in 2013. While we are seeing progress in drug development and greater understanding of this disease, there can be no cause for complacency and I look to the World Dementia Council to use their expertise and global reach to drive governments, industry and regulators to further action”.

View the World Dementia Council press release here.

Dementia and love

quote-we-remember-their-loveFor Dementia Awareness Month Day 7, I have been attending a Research Forum, with no time for writing and blogging, or even finishing off one of my draft blogs, but this image and quote, from alzheimers.net says it all for me today.

If you are a care partner for someone with dementia, and feeling jaded, over stretched, sad, or burdened,  please try to remember what it is like on our side of the fence.

Your partner with dementia still loves you.

Please, try to remember their love for you.

We [they] do not mean to be a burden to you.

We are living with a terminal illness, that is stealing our capacity and functioning. It is definitely not fun for us either, and having dementia is not our fault.

We are still deeply in love with our care partner, but we are trapped inside our own body, often unable to explain to you what we want, how we…

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2015

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

Practical Tests to Determine Individual Biological Age? (BBC News / Genome Biology)

Dementia and Elderly Care News

Summary

Researchers at King’s College London (and internationally) have developed techniques promising to accurately measure a person’s “biological age”. People of the same chronological age vary in their rates of “biological ageing” – sometimes by margins of up to 15 years, plus or minus – so an individual measure of biological age could be a more accurate prognostic measure.

The test under investigation involves examining the “ageing signature” in biomarkers of gene activity across 150 genes in the body’s cells. Such a test would potentially help predict when a person might die, and could help identify people at high-risk of dementia and other conditions; apparently largely independent of (or impervious to) various lifestyle interventions. Such a development would have serious implications for the future of medicine, pensions and insurance, particularly as it is not (yet) known to how to slow the biological ageing processes in question.

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September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities 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…

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Caring for elderly people in Nigeria

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