The Association of Alzheimer’s Families and Friends of Torrevieja (AFA) has presented the activities it has planned to commemorate International Alzheimer’s Day, which is on Wednesday, September 21st.
The AFA day centre in Torrevieja also serves Guardamar del Segura, San Miguel de Salinas and Rojales, putting on workshops and therapies, improving patients and relatives quality of life, advising relatives and raising awareness in society, and with public and private organisations.
Councillor Carmen Morate said events and activities are needed to raise awareness about the illness and about the centre in the town, which offers support if people need it because “all of us who may be lucky enough to reached an advanced age could suffer one of these neurodegenerative diseases”.
AFA coordinator and social worker Trudy Páez said that on Monday volunteers from CaixaBank spent time with patients and went for a walk with them.
On Wednesday the 21st there will be a fellowship day in the AFA centre, with a manifesto being read out at 12.30pm and then balloons will be released in homage to people with Alzheimer’s. There will also be paellas and a prize raffle thanks to various sponsors.
Friday the 23rd will be a training day for professionals, friends and families of patients at the Palacio de la Música called “Me in your shoes”. It will show how the centre uses its resources both for patients and relatives, and will feature talks from staff at Torrevieja and Quirón Hospitals, and a presentation called “Songs in the memory”. This will be in Spanish and goes on from 9:30am to 8pm. It costs €10 per person and registration is on the AFA website http://afatorrevieja.es/en/
On Saturday the 24th there will be a walk called the “Way of the memory” from the Plaza de la Constitución to Las Columnas at the end of Playa del Cura, accompanied by a musical band. Everyone will meet at 11am and set off at 11:30am, and to participate make a donation of €6.
AFA treasurer Antonia Albentosa thanked all the businesses and organisations that have helped organise this week’s activities and everyone who responds so generously whenever they ask for donations or help.