On Saturday, we celebrated a very special day in the international calendar…World Alzheimer’s Day.
2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. And it is this shocking statistic that World Alzheimer’s Month and Day aims to address. They hope, that by promoting, fundraising and celebrating this event, the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia will become a thing of the past. Something we addressed ourselves in our recent Busting Myths for World Alzheimer’s Day blog.
Many of our residents at Borough Care are living with different types of dementia. We know how important it is to understand Alzheimer’s (which you can find out more about in our Focus on Alzheimer’s blog), so that we can treat the people living with it with the care and dignity they deserve.
To celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day, we enjoyed ourselves in typical British fashion… with a cup of tea, a sandwich, and a cake, or three! Each home hosted a delicious, Afternoon Tea for residents; their friends and families; and for staff, to celebrate those living with dementia and those caring for them.
Our in-house catering team outdid themselves as they created mountains of delicious finger sandwiches, scones, cream cakes and desserts. And our staff ensured the tea was flowing all afternoon.
Each home brought in some entertainment to help with the party atmosphere. This included live sets from local entertainers and singers, playing nostalgic hits from the 40’s to the 70’s, that got everyone’s toes tapping and hands clapping.
Mei Lloyd, Activities and Lifestyle Facilitator at Shepley House said: “Our Afternoon Tea for World Alzheimer’s Day was a massive hit with residents, their families and members of the local Hazel Grove community, who joined us at Shepley House. This event brought together those living with dementia with those who care for them, so we could talk, laugh and understand each other more.”
Geraldine Blow, Area Manager for Borough Care, said: “To say we’ve got stuck into World Alzheimer’s Month this September is a massive understatement. Our residents, their families, and the staff know how important it is. We have all the facts when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, so we can better support those living with it. I’m so proud of everyone’s involvement, especially our staff, who dedicate themselves to treating our residents, whether they are living with dementia or not, with dignity and care.”
If you would like to pledge your support to Alzheimer’s Charities around the world, please visit the World Alzheimer’s Month website to donate or get involved.