Alzheimer’s month with multiple events | Sunday Observer

Alzheimer’s month with multiple events

3 September, 2023

In September each year the world makes it a point to remind everyone that as we age, several of us will lose our power to remember as we succumb to the condition of dementia. Dementia is the general term for loss of memory, language skills, problem-solving and other thinking abilities, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF), a member of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), will join the world in bringing attention to dementia, particularly in the context of Sri Lanka’s ageing population, the highest in South Asia. Apart from the ongoing activities that LAF engages in, from conducting awareness sessions with elders’ groups, family members and caregivers to memory screening, September will witness three high profile activities to draw public attention and create awareness.

The first of these - a 5 km run titled “Run to Remember”, will kick-off at the Taj Samudra Hotel on September 2 at 4 pm. The run is revived after a break of 3 years due to the pandemic and other crises that followed. Over 50 runners have enrolled for the event.

Others interested in joining could enroll through the LAF Facebook Page.

This will be followed by a new phase of the dementia awareness program which will edutain on the subject – especially the risks, preventative actions and caregiving, through a puppet show produced by the Power of Play group and its Artistic Director Sulochana Dissanayake featuring her highly popular Mahadenamutta and Golayas.

This will travel as a roadshow from Colombo to Gampaha and Galle starting on World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21.

The third activity will be a “Memory Walk” to highlight the importance of physical and mental activity to reduce risks as we grow older. This is in keeping with this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month theme that it is ‘never too early, never too late’ to identify and reduce risks, and will also constitute a propaganda exercise with walkers carrying signage. This will start at 7.30 am on September 23 from the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.