Alzheimer’s Ghana embarked on awareness and sensitization programme

Awareness and Sensitization
As part of our awareness strategy, AlzGH team participated regularly on Radio and Television programmes to create awareness and sensitize the public on dementia, using live-broadcast and phone-in to reach out to the public. AlzGH team was hosted on Viasat1 TV and TV3 separately to educate and sensitize the entire public. Discussions were centered on the signs and symptoms of dementia and other related disorders, their diagnosis, the role of government and the civil society in combating and managing it in Ghana.
At Viasat1 TV

AlzGH team on Viasat1 TV on 6th February 2015 AlzGH team hosted on Viasat1 TV on 4th May 2015

A MESSAGE FROM ALZHEIMER`S DISEASE INTERNATIONAL

A message from all at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
It is with great regret that we inform you that Jerome H. Stone, founder and Honorary
Vice-President of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), passed away on the 1
January 2015 at the age of 101.
As the President of the Alzheimer’s Association in the USA, Jerry Stone brought
together the associations who founded ADI in 1984 in Washington DC. Over the years
Jerry visited many of the ADI Conferences and when interviewed for ADI’s 25th
anniversary book in 2009, he said: “I am proud of all these people that I have worked
with and that ADI has grown far beyond my influence.” He gave his last formal
presentation for ADI at the Alzheimer University on Public Policy and Campaigning in
Chicago in 2010.
Jerry became involved with the Alzheimer’s movement when his wife, Evelyn, was
diagnosed with the disease in 1970. Jerry recognized the need for an organisation that
would provide support for people with dementia and their caregivers and advance
research toward treatment and ultimately, a cure.
Jacob Roy Kuriakose, Chairman of ADI said: “Jerry Stone inspired us all to make the
Alzheimer’s and dementia movement truly global, to be ambitious and think big and
reach out to the global institutions. We will miss him a lot.”
Marc Wortmann added: “Jerry was very active in his role as Honorary Vice-President
of ADI. I met with him a few times in Chicago in the last few years and was always
touched by his ongoing enthusiasm and knowledge of the organisation. I feel very
privileged that I was able to meet Jerry and to learn from him.”
In 2006, Jerry received the very first ADI Award at the 22nd ADI conference in Berlin.
Today we join together to send our deepest condolences to his family and to the many
people in the global dementia community who knew Jerry and considered him a both
a friend and an inspiration. We are eternally grateful for his huge contribution to the
global dementia movement and want to thank him for his personal involvement in the
establishment and development of ADI as an organisation.
5 January 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS (SEPTEMBER, 2014)

Tuesday,
2nd September, 2014
Launching of Awareness Campaign on Reducing the risk of Dementia in Ghana

Wednesday,
3rd September, 2014
Dementia: Awareness and Education – Obonu FM/Radio AND Joy FM.

Thursday,
4th September, 2014
Dementia: Awareness and Education – TV3

Tuesday,
9th September, 2014
Dementia Education and Training Workshop– Panthang Mental Hospital

Thursday,
11th September, 20
Play/Drama on Dementia Awareness – Ningo Prampram District Assembly

Sunday,
14th September, 2014
Play/Drama on Dementia Awareness and Education – Christ Apostolic Church Tema.

Tue-Thu,
16th – 18th
September, 2014
2 Days Dementia Screening /Diagnosis of patients and Training for Caregivers/Families – Gambaga Witch-camp

Friday,
19th September, 2014

Dementia Awareness Campaign– Central Mosque, Ashaiman

Monday,
22nd September,2014
Dementia Awareness and Education Programme – Narh-Bita Nursing College, Tema. (Media Presence)

Tuesday,
23rd September, 2014
Home Visits to Dementia Patients (Our Clients)

Thursday,
25th September, 2014
Memory Walk to Create Awareness/Fund raising

Tuesday,
30th September, 2014
Conference/Celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day – Christ the King Catholic Church Conference Hall.

BOARD MEETING

BOARD MEETING

Our 2nd Board Meeting, the highest meeting of the organization, was held on 16th May 2014 which saw previous direction and activities of the organisation reviewed and new direction agreed . Also significant was the election of the President of the Board namely Mrs Yvonne Adih and The Vice President Dr Dennis Bortey.

d. Board - From the left Ms Angela Lomar, Mrs Violet Quayson, Mrs Yvonne Adih, Dr Dennis Bortey, Mr Venance Dey, Mrs Esther Dey, Ms Mildred Suglo (Apology to Mr Victor Apeanyo and others not captured in this picture)

Worried About Your Memory?

Worried About Your Memory?

Memory problems are not just signs of old age, there is more to that. Everybody can be forgetful, but if memory loss is something that is worrying you or someone you know, CONTACT US.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.  Dementia is a collective name for conditions in which progressive degeneration of the brain affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion.  Symptoms may include:

  • loss of memory
  • difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying
  • difficulty in performing previously routine tasks
  • personality and mood changes

 

Protect The Weak Minds

Protect The Weak Minds

As a result of the little awareness of dementia in the community, people with dementia are being stigmatized, labelled and isolated by the relatives and the community. Some religious groups put people with dementia into bands and chains with the aim of treating the disease. In some areas, due to lack of awareness, people with dementia are burnt to death. A recent case occurred in tema about 50km from Hohoe where a 72 year- old woman was burnt to death by one evangelist, a school teacher and two traders. She traveled from her village to her son in the city not knowing that her son had relocated. She then got confused and was seen roaming around on the streets exhibiting a strange behaviour. As a result she was confronted by her killers and forced to confess to be a witch and was later burnt to death. When her son was interviewed by the news paper (The Daily Graphic), he said; his mother is not a witch however she showed some signs of forgetfulness and old age. Below is the picture of the burnt woman.
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They Are NOT Witches

They Are NOT Witches

There are currently around 1,000 women living in 6 of the witches’ camps in Ghana’s northern region.

Many of them are elderly women who have been accused of inflicting death, misfortune, and calamity on their neighbors and villages through sorcery, witchcraft, or “juju,” a term used throughout West Africa.

The women enjoy a certain degree of protection within these camps, located some distance from their communities in which they could be tortured, beaten to death, or lynched, but the conditions of the camps are often poor. The “accused witches,” as they are sometimes referred to, live in tiny thatched mud huts, and have limited access to food and must fetch water from nearby streams and creeks.

Most of them were sent there due to symptoms such as memory loss, forgetfulness, or disorientation,
which had been misinterpreted to be wichcraft.

Don’t Worsen Their Trauma

Don’t Worsen Their Trauma

An elderly woman who lived in Nabule witch camp in Gushegu a district in the Northern Region for the past 18 years, told the story of how she was forced to leave her village. Dressed in a headscarf, faded T-shirt, and cotton skirt.

Her husband had died unexpectedly and after the village soothsayer had said she caused the death of the child, her family tried to make her confess to murdering him through sorcery. When she refused to admit she was beaten with an old bicycle chain, and later her husband’s family members rubbed pepper sauce into her eyes and open wounds.

It was later realized that she exhibited signs of dementia such as waking up early, increased anxiety, difficulty in remembering, among others.