World Alzheimer’s Month – September 2019
September is World Alzheimer’s Month
World Alzheimer’s Month is an opportunity to build understanding about a health issue that will affect more and more people as the years pass, while encouraging crucial efforts to support those already affected by dementia around the world. World Alzheimer’s Day is held on Saturday, September 21st.
The Power in Language
The language we use when discussing dementia is a really important part of lifting the stigma that surrounds it. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has created a language guide to dementia which provides guidelines that are intended to highlight how words and language really do make a difference. To download this useful resource please click here
The Power in Your Community
People with dementia are one of the most marginalised, socially excluded and highly stigmatised groups in society. It has been identified that exclusion from communities is all too frequently a consequence of dementia because the person often experiences reduced ability to follow the normal rules of social engagement.
In order to address the exclusion of people living with dementia, a new initiative has emerged on the landscape in the form of dementia-inclusive communities. Essentially, the initiative is about transforming our villages, towns, cities and counties into better places to live for people with dementia. Find out more about dementia-inclusive communities.
You can start on the path to becomming Dementia Inclusive by spending just two minutes watching this Dementia Awareness video. You’ll find this and lost more video resources here.
Reduce Your Risk:
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Despite all the research into dementia and its causes, we still don’t know how to prevent it. However we can reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Anyone at any age can make simple changes to their lifestyle that will benefit their brain. Some of these changes may help prevent certain types of dementia.There are three simple things you can do everyday to reduce your risk by keeping your Brain, Body and Heart healthy.
Download our simple guide about this here.
What’s on this September!
There are several ways you can participate in World Alzheimer’s Month. We’ve love if you and your teams could think about doing something special in September to mark this month.
It could be a cake sale, a team fitness challenge, or even an Dementia awareness corner in your reception area or staff canteen. You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #WorldAlzMonth
Watch the Legends Clash this Sept!
This September will see legends from the Munster titans face-off to raise vital funds and much-needed public awareness of dementia. Throw-In is Saturday, September 7th at Nenagh Éire Óg grounds @5.00pm.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online for adults with kids going free. Event is kindly supported by Bluebird Care and all the money raised going towards providing community services and advocacy supports in the Munster area and beyond.
The ASI will have a full events calendar that includes:
● Promoting Pre-Budget Submission 2020 campaign;
● Mobile Information Service will be going to the Ploughing Championships and other locations;
● Hosting information events and public talks;
● Irish Dementia Working Group and the Dementia Carers Campaign Network will also be busy during the month.
A full events calendar will be published in the coming weeks here …