September will mark Alzheimer’s Month

Next month, Alzheimer’s Disease International will mark the first World Alzheimer’s Month with awareness-raising activities around the world taking place over 30 days.

World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday, 21 September will play a key role in the month as the coordinated international effort reaches its peak. The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2012 is “Dementia: Living together”.

Alzheimer’s associations across the world – and in the Cayman Islands – will focus their activities on reducing the stigma associated with dementia and making communities more dementia-friendly by offering a range of programmes and events.

For the first time in the Cayman Islands, the newly formed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands and the Support Group will take part in the month’s activities.

A tentative schedule of activities has been drawn up and include: church service at the Elmslie Memorial Church in George Town on 2 September; Alzheimer’s presentations at all district clinics from 1-21 September; dementia presentation and carers supper at the Hibiscus Conference Room at the Cayman Islands Hospital (by invitation) on 21 September; Corporate Dress Down Day – wear something purple and make a donation of $5 per person to the association on 21 September; and presentation and supper at the Seafarers Hall in Cayman Brac on 29 September (date to be confirmed).

Other social events for people with dementia and their carers will also take place throughout the month.

“The Alzheimer’s Disease International in the UK will be providing us with various promotional material highlighting World Alzheimer’s Month and World Alzheimer’s Day will be on display at the district clinics on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac,” said Dorothy Davis, founder and chairperson of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands.

“All funds raised from the dress down donations or any other corporate donations will go to help fund planned awareness/educational campaigns, assist people living in the Cayman Islands with Alzheimer’s – whether it may be to offer a one off financial assistance to purchase supplies, provide training or respite for the carer,” she added.

For the first time in the Cayman Islands, the newly formed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands and the Support Group will take part in the month’s activities.

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