Marking World Alzheimer's Day September 2021
The Red Cross of Serbia marked the "World Alzheimer's Day" through various activities.
In Sombor, the Red Cross of Sombor organized a lecture and conversation with older persons who are interested in being involved in the implementation of the project "Addressing and preventing care needs through innovative community care centres (I-CCC)". The project “Addressing and preventing care needs through innovative community care centres (I-CCC)” is supported by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency.
The goal of the project is to improve the position of older persons with diagnosed dementia, but also informal caregivers who provide care to them. The project is being implemented in Austria, Montenegro and Serbia. The project, in the part that is aimed at persons with diagnosed dementia, implies that with the help of volunteers, and with the use of tablets, these persons will practice cognitive exercises that can slow down the development of the disease. In Serbia, 30 trained volunteers will visit 1 person with diagnosed dementia person once per week and work with them on various tasks with the help of tablet computers. Tasks will be in the form of mathematical, linguistic or musical exercises.
At the invitation of the Volunteer Service of Zvezdara, a representative of the Red Cross of Serbia participated in a panel discussion on "How to recognize the first symptoms of dementia and; active program of support and assistance to the families of persons with dementia." To mark this date.
The panel was attended by: Dr. Ljubica Vidic, a neuropsychiatrist from the Destigma Association; Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Milićević Kalašić, City Institute of Gerontology; Slavica Stanković, Executive Secretary of HHU Hleb života and Aleksandra Jovanović as a representative of the Serbian Association for Alzheimer's Disease. The forum was moderated by Radmila Urošević, MA, Head of the Department for Social Protection and Coordinator of the Volunteer Service of Zvezdara. In addition to the mentioned participants, there was also a representative of the Red Cross of Serbia, Miloš Todorović, assistant on the project " Addressing and preventing care needs through innovative community care centres (I-CCC)" who introduced the participants to the activities and goals of the project in 2020-2023.
World Alzheimer's Day was first marked on September 21, 1994, when associations fighting the disease and other allies around the world united in efforts to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families, communities and nations. The disease was described by the German psychiatrist Aloysius Alzheimer in 1906.
Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disorder characteristic for middle or later life that destroys neurons and connections in the cerebral cortex leading to significant loss of brain mass, leading to gradual, irreversible loss of memory, speech ability, awareness of time and space and, finally, the ability to take care of oneself.