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World Alzhéimer Day takes place in Alcantarilla with the 3rd Open Day in the AFADE day center (21/09/2017)

Mayor Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, Health Minister Manuel Villegas and IMAS Director Verónica López expressed their gratitude to the Association of Relatives of Alzheimer's Patients in Alcantarilla for their commitment in the fight against Alzheimer's, reminding them this year's motto "I'm Still Me"

In the morning of today the AFADE Alcantarilla Alzheimer's Alzheimer's Day Family Center has opened for the third consecutive year its doors to commemorate World Alzheimer's Day today and give attendees a closer view and real of the work that they develop daily in the same, in its different services.

In the first hour of this Open Day, the president of AFADE Alcantarilla, Julia Fernández, welcomed the authorities who had met, the Health Minister, Manuel Villegas García, the director of the IMAS (Institute Murciano de Acción Social ), Verónica López García, Mayor Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía and Councilor for Social Welfare and Health, Francisca Terol, along with other members of the Municipal Corporation, as well as representatives of different associations and groups in the municipality, along with family members own users.

A very emotional morning, first with the talk given by Dr. Javier Castellote Varona, geriatrician of the "Virgen de la Arrixaca" Clinical-University Hospital, on the importance of non-pharmacological treatment in Alzheimer's disease and the leading role of the therapeutic centers in this treatment.

Then the attendees had the opportunity to see some images with the different activities that the Association has been developing during this last year, as well as the work carried out in the Center itself.

The excitement rose later with the musical and dance show offered by a group of users of the Center, elderly people with this terrible disease, who delighted and put a magnificent note of warmth, love and enthusiasm to all present.

They themselves went later to their particular "Fair", offering different possibilities of fun, throwing ball, witch reading the cards of luck, etc., a whole imagination and magic of awareness for all, authorities and people who gave themselves appointment to this Third Day of Open Doors of the AFADE Day Center.

Ending the morning visiting the facilities, making them known, viewing the exhibition of photographs with the activities they develop and getting to know the different therapeutic areas that they have for the care of these patients.

All the speeches had a common denominator on the part of the authorities, the gratefulness to the work of AFADE Alcantarilla and to the effort since the constitution of the Association by its president, Julia Fernández, who thanked the institutions present for having come to the call and continue to take care of them this week full of activities.

The mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, stated that "AFADE is the example of different realities that are manifested in this Association." The aim of AFADE is to arouse affection, sensitivity and support, so both the City Council and the Regional Government itself, with its Departments, now represented here as Health, as well as Family and Equality of Opportunities, we will be there as always supporting these initiatives.It is important to value the managerial work of the association, its families and the professionals they provide Alcantarilla, is a municipality with an important number of users, thanks to the being of the very few populations that we have the opportunity to have three day centers, one regional of the IMAS in the Diego Cubillana ", the municipal center, our Center" Pedro Hernández Caballero "and in which we are of AFADE.

are aware that Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia, accounting for up to 70% of cases.

In Spain there are 1,200,000 people affected by the disease and about 5,000,000 people between them and their family caregivers. "

In this celebration of World Alzheimer's Day 2017, AFADE Alcantarillase adds, as it could not be otherwise, to the campaign developed since CEAFA on the occasion of this special day, having a double objective;

on the one hand, to sensitize Spanish society about this "21st century epidemic", as well as its socio-health consequences;

and on the other hand, develop a health education campaign aimed at promoting the prevention of this pathology, which affects more than 4.5 million people in Spain, between those who suffer directly and their family caregivers.

The promotional slogan of this year is: "I remain Yes I", intending to go one step further and give relevance to an axis as fundamental as "hidden" so far: people diagnosed with early or mild Alzheimer's whose vision, experience , knowledge, concerns, needs, opinions ... should be taken into account when planning any specific action in this area.

With this slogan, they also aim to give visibility and maintain the dignity of the person behind the disease, since the diagnosis does not change the person, but changes our society.

People affected by Alzheimer's continue to be active members of our society, and therefore have much to say.

Because Alzheimer's can erase memories, but it does not erase the person who has been, who is and who will be.

AFADE within the activities, will hold a Dance Charity Gala every Friday, September 22nd, at 20:30 hours, which as each year generously and jointly offers the Dance Academy of María Dolores Riquelme, in the Cultural Center " Infanta Elena "of Alcantarilla, with a price of five euros the entrance, as every year, finding the tickets for sale in said Center and in said Academy, which are expected to have the largest number of people and thus also see the work clothed that is held.

The activities began yesterday with the placement of information desks and petitions for the urban area of ​​Alcantarilla and will end on Friday October 6, with the traditional, this year the XVII Charitable Benefit of AFADE.

At present, AFADE-Alcantarilla develops 4 blocks of Services: Day Care, Home Care, Family Care and General Services of the Entity. Among all its services, 87 are affected by Alzheimer's disease and other Dementias, and 32 family / caregivers , which are attended annually on average.

The professional team of AFADE-Alcantarilla is made up of 18 professionals, among whom are the Director, Coordinator, Social Worker, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists, Nurse, Podiatrist, Sanitary Assistants, etc.

Specifically, the AFADE-Alcantarilla Therapeutic Day Care Center, which specializes in the treatment and care of people, serves about 65 people on average each year.

At present, there are 47 people attended in the center, of which 33 enjoy a public square thanks to the Care System to the Unit of CARM.

For AFADE, "although there are many public squares available to AFADE-Alcantarilla, there are still few to meet the existing demand of users that demand to occupy one of these places, as the AFADE-Alcantarilla Center is currently configured as a regional reference in the treatment and care of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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