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 and Alzheimer’s.
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.
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