Alzheimer’s awareness promoted this month
September, leading up to World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Donna Hedley at the Marion Kennedy Centre at 642 Featherston St says as well as making people and communities more aware of the disease, the month is to acknowledge families who are affected by it, while helping sufferers live well with the progressive condition.
‘‘There’s a shift to seeing Alzheimers as a disability. These people still live in the community, and businesses will have to deal with customers who have dementia.’’
These are people who may have problems with memory, with handling money, with communication and with perception. A help sheet for business is available from the Marion Kennedy Centre which provides respite care programmes.
The centre has acquired a neighbouring property around the corner in Elliot St to increase its facilities.
As part of the awareness month there are two memory walks in the region – in Levin on Friday (18th) at Te Takere in Bath St at 10am and then in Palmerston North’s Square on Saturday (19th) at 11.30am.
Volunteers Dorothy Simpson and Louise Hardiment help clean up the gardens at the Marion Kennedy Centre.