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Anenih makes case for Alzheimer patients

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Iyom Josephine Anenih

• Unveils Senior Citizens’ Recreation Centre To Check Dementia
To alleviate the suffering of victims of Alzheimer disease, Proprietress of Alzheimer Disease Foundation (ADF), Mrs. Josephine Anenih, has called on Nigerians to support the aged in the society.

Anenih made the call during the inauguration of a Senior Citizens’ Recreation Centre in Benin City, Edo State.

She said the gesture was to alleviate the impact of dementia in the society.

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While explaining her motivation for setting up the centre , she said: “In many communities in Nigeria, we find it very difficult to understand what is going on with people, who suffer from dementia. These individuals are, sometimes, described as people with mental disorders or witches and wizards. That is the reason many old people with dementia were stoned to death in the past.”

Anenih said people need to be enlightened on dementia as a medical condition.
“It is neither a manifestation of witchcraft nor a mental disorder,”Anenih said.

“Nigeria needs to give respect and care to the aged in our community. The good news is the Federal Government seems to be thinking along the line of having policies in place for the aged following the launch of  the National Policy on Aging and Aged by the Federal Ministry of Health in conjunction with the chairmen of Federal Teaching Hospitals in Abuja recently.”

“That is a starting point, but it shouldn’t end just as a policy. We need toimplement it. We need a massive campaign, a public orientation programme for people to know that becoming old should not be a death sentence,” she said.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people, those with the late-onset type symptoms first appear in their mid-60s.


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