Pillars of Strength: A Photo Exhibit Celebrating Seniors

Posted on September 25th, 2019 by Wayne Nguyen under News

On October 1, Sanofi Pasteur invites you to celebrate National Seniors Day!

Seniors are cherished members of our communities, contributing to our lives in countless ways. Let’s celebrate seniors and raise awareness of the burden of flu on seniors, the domino effect it has on their lives, the importance of protecting them and keeping them active, healthy and independent.

WHAT:

Join Sanofi Pasteur to view a larger-than-life photo exhibit celebrating our seniors, featuring compelling images of seniors and words from Canadians across the country. You’ll also hear from a variety of speakers including Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians, CARP.

WHEN:

National Seniors Day

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Official programming starts at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Richmond-Adelaide Centre,

130 Adelaide St. West, Toronto

Register here.

Press Release: World’s largest dementia study reveals two thirds of people think dementia is a normal part of ageing, rather than a medical condition

Posted on September 20th, 2019 by Wayne Nguyen under News

95 per cent of participants think they could develop dementia in their lifetime – a survey of 70,000 people across 155 countries reveals

London, Friday 20 September – Results from the world’s largest survey on attitudes to dementia reveals a startling lack of global knowledge around dementia, with two thirds of people still thinking the disease is a normal part of ageing rather than a neurodegenerative disorder.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the international federation of 100 Alzheimer associations and federations around the world, ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day tomorrow (21 September) with the release of the World Alzheimer Report 2019: Attitudes to dementia. The report reveals the results of the largest attitudes to dementia survey ever undertaken, with responses from almost 70,000 people across 155 countries and territories. Analysis of the study was carried out by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

 

The report reveals that stigma around dementia is preventing people from seeking the information, advice, support and medical help that could dramatically improve their length and quality of life for what is one of the world’s fastest growing causes of death globally. The number of people living with dementia is forecast to more than triple, from over 50 million currently, to 152 million by 2050.

 

“Stigma is the single biggest barrier limiting people around the world from dramatically improving how they live with dementia,” says ADI’s Chief Executive Paola Barbarino. “The consequences of stigma are therefore incredibly important to understand. At the individual level, stigma can undermine life goals and reduce participation in meaningful life activities as well as lower levels of well-being and quality of life. At the societal level, structural stigma and discrimination can influence levels of funding allocated to care and support.”

The report reveals astonishing attitudes towards dementia. Survey respondents included people living with dementia, carers, healthcare practitioners and the general public. A major cause for concern from the report, is the number of people across the world who think that dementia is a natural part of the ageing process.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents believe a person with dementia’s memory will never improve, even with medical support, while one in four people think there is nothing we can do to prevent dementia. These are major barriers to people accessing help, advice and support.

The report reveals that dementia stigma is similar to stigma often associated with mental health, focussed on age and is accentuated by a lack of available medical treatments. In reality, many forms of support exist around the world. Talking and planning can help people to live well with dementia for as long as possible.

“Currently, there is very little information about how stigma manifests in relation to people with dementia and how this may vary around the world,” Barbarino continues. “This detailed survey and report now give us a baseline of information for dementia-related stigma at a global, regional and national level. We’re hopeful these findings can kick start positive reform and change globally.”

The report finds that around 50 per cent of people living with dementia who responded feel ignored by healthcare professionals (physicians and nurses), while 33 per cent of people thought that if they had dementia, they would not be listened to by health professionals or doctors.

Interestingly, 95 per cent of participants think they could develop dementia in their lifetime and over two thirds of people (69.3 per cent) would take a genetic profiling test to learn whether they are at risk of dementia (even though there is currently no disease-modifying treatment). However, two thirds of people still think dementia is a natural part of ageing. The fear of developing dementia is high globally, but the true understanding of the disease is low. This is worrying, as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are the 5th leading cause of death globally.

ADI launched its global campaign ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’, on 1 September 2019 to mark the beginning of the month of awareness. The campaign is based on the understanding that talking about dementia helps tackle the stigma, normalises language and encourages people to find out more, seek help, advice and support.

Dementia blogger and journalist Pippa Kelly say it is vitally important that as a society we have more conversations about dementia to create better understanding. “Stigma stems from fear. Fear breeds silence, which in turn perpetuates ignorance and misunderstanding,” Kelly says.

Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia but most people with dementia do not receive a diagnosis or support. The annual cost of dementia is over US$ 1 trillion – a figure set to double by 2030. Deaths due to dementias more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, making it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016 compared to 14th in 2000.

The “Let’s Talk About Dementia” campaign simply aims to stimulate a conversation about dementia, the warning signs, risk reduction, who to speak to and where to go for advice. Lack of knowledge about dementia leads to inaccurate assumptions about its effects on the person and their family, as well as negative stereotypes about how a person with dementia will behave, Barbarino says. “Evidence suggests that when people living with dementia and their families are well prepared and supported, initial feelings of shock, anger and grief are balanced by a sense of reassurance and empowerment, so the campaign’s focus is on increasing conversations around dementia globally.”

The full World Alzheimer’s Report 2019: Attitudes to dementia, is available on request.

ENDS

 

For story ideas, interview requests and more information, please contact:

Alzheimer’s Disease International

 

Annabelle Dick
Mana Communications
T: +64 (0)27 819 7011

E: ad@manacommunications.com

Annie Bliss

Alzheimer’s Disease International

T: +44 20 7981 0886

E: a.bliss@alz.co.uk

 

About World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2019 will mark the 8th World Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012: World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 September each year. For more information, please visit: https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month

 

About Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)

ADI is the international federation of 100 Alzheimer associations and federations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. ADI’s vision is prevention, care and inclusion today, and cure tomorrow. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. ADI works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for persons with dementia and their care partners, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change. For more information, please visit www.alz.co.uk.

WHO launches an innovative package of tools and App to help health and social workers offer person centered and integrated care for older people

Posted on September 20th, 2019 by Wayne Nguyen under News

GENEVA — On the International Day of the Older Person – 1 October – the World Health Organization (WHO) releases a package of tools to implement Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE).

“Health and social services are often fragmented, or poorly suited to the needs and preferences of older people. I’m delighted to be launching WHO’s new ICOPE guidance tools. This is a timely and valuable resource to assist decision-makers and primary care workers in caring for older people” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

The new package includes a handbook with an interactive digital application for person-centred assessment and pathways in primary care and an implementation framework for systems and services. ICOPE tools provide a practical guidance to address the priority conditions associated with declines in capacities: mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms and social care and support. The innovative digital application will accelerate the efficient training of health and social care workers to better address the diverse needs of older people.

The world’s population is ageing at a fast pace. By 2050 the number of people aged 60 and over will more than double and the number of aged over 80 is projected to triple from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050. While every older person is different, intrinsic capacity and functional ability decline with increasing age. “Intervening at an early stage of declining capacity is essential so that older people can continue doing the things they value and prevent social isolation” says Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, group lead on ageing and integrated care at WHO. “Intervening close to where older people live, with the active participation of the community and older persons themselves for a true personalized care plan, is at the core of ICOPE” she added.

The ICOPE package of tools is the result of two years of extensive consultations with leading experts and stakeholders including civil society representatives.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals recognize that development will only be achievable if it is inclusive of all ages. Empowering older persons and enabling their full participation and social inclusion in good health are ways to reduce inequalities. “If implemented, ICOPE will move countries a step closer to our goal of seeing 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage by 2023. On this International Day of Older Persons let’s all embark on the journey to make society a place for people of all ages” concluded Dr Tedros.

Links: https://www.who.int/ageing/health-systems/icope/en/

https://www.who.int/ageing/events/international-day-older-persons/2019/en/

 

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