To promote further awareness of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the elderly, the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association, in collaboration with the National Assistance Board (NAB), will host a week of activities under the title "Dementia: Its Time for Action".

The week will commence with a church service, which will be held this Sunday, September 19, at 8:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Bay Street, St. Michael. ????????????

This will be followed by a seminar, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 21, to mark World Alzheimer’s Day. The seminar will start with an opening ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, September 22, there will be a panel discussion at Solidarity House, Barbados Workers’ Union’s Headquarters, Harmony Hall, St. Michael, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The two organisations will then host an Information Day at the Barbados’ Alzheimer’s Association’s Bethesda office on Black Rock Main Road, St. Michael, on Wednesday, September 23. The public is invited to visit the office between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to learn more about the Association and the NAB in the drive to educate the public about the disease.

To culminate the week of activities, there will be a Health Fair in Jubilee Gardens in the City, on Saturday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is expected to be a day of fun and will include various learning activities and health checks.

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia, which demands intense care for its sufferers. To date, approximately 3500 Barbadians have been diagnosed with the disease.??

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