Alzheimer’s aware­ness pro­moted this month

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: GRANT MATTHEW/FAIR­FAX NZ

Vol­un­teers Dorothy Simp­son and Louise Hardi­ment help clean up the gar­dens at the Mar­ion Kennedy Cen­tre.

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