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Health Fair in Bermuda
The Alzheimer's Family Support Group in Bermuda was invited to attend a Health Fair this month. The event provided them with an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and their work. During the fair, the Group's facilitator Julie-Kay Darrell met the country's Minister of Health and the Environment, Jeanne Atherden.
Film release prompts media coverage in Bulgaria
Compassion Alzheimer Bulgaria recently received strong media coverage following the release of the film Still Alice. The association's lawyer appeared on national television and radio, speaking about the book and film and its impact. The book, film and this campaign have all helped to raise awareness of dementia in Bulgaria.
Campaign ahead of elections in Finland
In the lead-up to the Finnish parliamentary elections this month, Muistiliitto launched a new campaign, Muisti15, to highlight the need for candidates to consider the benefits and services required by people with dementia and their carers. Muistiliitto was also calling for the promotion of memory-friendly attitudes and environments to support people with dementia. The association encouraged for candidates to sign a commitment on the campaign website and also requested that voters support candidates who are committed to the cause. The campaign was backed by 761 candidates, of which 71 were elected and will go on to promote memory-friendly work in parliament.
Promoting dementia policy in Indonesia
Following the conference, Marc travelled to Indonesia to join Alzheimer's Indonesia for meetings with some of the country's government ministers and key decision-makers. During the visit they met with Minister of Health Prof Nila Farid Moeloek, Vice Ambassador of the Netherlands in Indonesia Wouter Plomp, and spoke to the Governor of Jakarta about the importance of dementia friendly cities.
National Strategy launched in Malta
On 2 April, Malta's government launched their National Dementia Strategy in the Maltese Islands (2015-2023). The strategy, which was written by Charles Scerri from Malta Dementia Society, marks the first of its kind worldwide to also be available in a dementia-friendly format. The document was officially presented by Malta's Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing Justyne Caruana, who explained that positive feedback on the draft strategy had been received during the WHO Ministerial Conference on Dementia in March. Aspects of the strategy have already begun to be implemented, particularly in the area of professional training which will soon see the formation of a Dementia Intervention Team.
Report proposes improved dementia policy in Spain
On 23 April, CEAFA presented a report, prepared in collaboration with Lilly, to Imserso (Institute for the Elderly and Social Services) with recommendations for improvements to be made to support for people with dementia and their families. Conclusiones y propuestas para avanzar en la Política de Estado de Alzheimer (Conclusions and proposals for advancing the state policy of Alzheimer) includes proposals such as ending territorial inequalities in care and support services, and improving training for medical, health and social care professionals. The report was welcomed by Imserso with its Director General highlighting the need for all involved to work together towards achieving the recommendations.
Sri Lanka marks continuing Scrabble Bash success
Earlier this year Lanka Alzheimer's Foundation held their seventh annual Scrabble Bash, an activity aimed at promoting mental activity and social connection in older people. The event runs all day with meals provided and sees participants divided into two categories dependent upon their level of experience. Games are facilitated by an international scrabble player and three assistants who volunteer their time. Corporate and individual sponsorship allows the event to take place and raises funds towards operating costs of the Foundation's service centre. Prizes for winners are donated to the Foundation and mostly come from 5-star hotels and this year's event raised approximately US$1900.
Shop for a cause benefits Alzheimer's Association (US)
As part of the annual Rita Hayworth Gala, a number of retailers at the luxury 900 North Michigan retail complex donated a percentage of their proceeds on 9 April to the Alzheimer's Association. Fourteen stores, including Bloomingdale's and Gucci, signed up to donate and a special fashion presentation took place on the day with music, cocktails and raffle prizes. The Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala takes place on 9 May and, by mid-April, almost US$1 million had been raised.