LAF's Dementia Friendly programme
What if people living with dementia could walk out of their homes
without the fear of being ridiculed by the community? What if they could
shop at the local 'pola' or supermarket, eat at their favourite
restaurant or coffee shop, or visit their place of worship knowing that
despite their non-visible disability, they will be welcomed?
For the majority of those affected by dementia and their carers, such
scenarios are no more than a distant dream. The Lanka Alzheimer's
Foundation (LAF), is determined to change that into a positive and
hopeful reality and are striving to create a dementia friendly
environment for persons living with dementia (PWDs).
'Dementia Friendly' community program focusing on the social inclusion
of persons living with dementia was launched by the Lanka Alzheimer's
Foundation on September 1.
The month of September and the 21st of September is globally
recognised as Alzheimer's Awareness Month and World Alzheimer's Day
Through a simple yet informative awareness program, LAF wishes to
invite service providers - from police stations, supermarkets and
pharmacies, hospitals and dental clinics, theatres and cinemas,
restaurants and coffee shops, hair dressing salons and banks to join
their challenge of creating a safe, secure and non-judgemental
environment. It is an educative and rewarding program, which will help
service providers to provide a better service.
On completion of the awareness program, every service provider will
be awarded the 'We are Dementia Friendly' sticker. In addition, all
service providers who make the commitment to join LAF on this journey
will be listed on LAF's web page.
Parallel to this program, LAF will be launching a new 'Identification
Bracelet' and a 'Memory Garden Café'.
The bracelet is hypo-allergenic, water and sweat resistant.
The bracelet will be available to PWDs who are at risk of wandering
and getting lost.
This tough yet supple device has rounded edges to protect sensitive
skin, and will be personalised with contact details of the family carer.
Since family members of PWDs wish to protect their loved ones from the
stigma and embarrassment, they tend to isolate themselves socially.
The 'Memory Garden Café' will initially be opened at the Lanka
Alzheimer's Foundation from the month of September on Fridays from 10.00
a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Only a communal effort can transform LAF's dream into a reality. For
more information contact Lanka Alzheimer's Foundation, on Tel: 011