Jane Callachan shares why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

DAI member Jane Callachan lives in Salem, Massachusetts and as part of our Dementia Awareness Month series of vlogs/blogs, shares why she is glad she joined DAI. It is already day 20 of this campaign, and we hope you are enjoying hearing from our members…

Jane was diagnosed with younger onset dementia aged 55, and she regularly joins the Friday afternoon DAI peer to peer support group. One of the best things about these groups, Jane said, is that she can join online, and doesn’t have to drive to one!

DAI has helped help Jane feel much more independent, and has introduced her to others who are living positively, in spite of dementia. “DAI really does make a difference”.

Thank you Jane. We are glad you found DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Help more people like Jane today, by  supporting our Virtual Art Auction.

Terrie Montgomery shares why she is glad she found DAI

On Day 19 of Dementia Awarenss Month, DAI member Terrie Montgomery shares why she likes, and also why she got involved with DAI. Terrie is a dynamic person, and is involved with DAI, and also with other organisations including Dementia Action Alliance in the USA.

Terrie is a dynamic, passionate and exteremely compassionate woman, who willingly shares herself, and her love with us all. She dares you to check out DAI, and shares what she sees as the value of being involved in a global organization! 

Thank you Terrie. We are glad you joined DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please support the Monday Science fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Terrie.

Gait Retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin

In July this year, DAI hosted a webinar Gait retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin. It was very well attended, and we are pleased to share it during Dementia Awareness Month 2020.

James is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio), a MSc(Clinical Neuroscience), and a PhD, and is an experienced neurological physiotherapist and Director of Advanced Neuro Rehab in South Australia, a neurological and vestibular rehabilitation clinic.

James is passionate in promoting best practice for people with neurological & vestibular conditions. He has previously presented to us on Rehabilitation and Dementia.

About the Webinar: People with all forms of dementia can experience changes to their walking and balance. There are many factors that can contribute to these issues that can be targeted within an individualised rehabilitation program. James will discuss some of the proactive ways neurological physiotherapy can help with treatment, training and support.

Watch the webinar recording  here:

#DAM2020 #DAIisLifeChanging #WAM2020

Make sure you get involved in the DAI Art Auction this week.

Protecting the development and implementation of public health policies from undue influence of unhealthy commodity industries

Statement by the WHO Civil Society Working Group on Noncommunicable Diseases. 

Published 11 September 2020

Protecting the development and implementation of public health policies from undue influence of unhealthy commodity industries.

This new statement on ‘Protecting the development and implementation of public health policies from undue influence of unhealthy commodity industries’ from the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil¬†Society Working¬†Group on NCDs calls on all relevant stakeholders¬†including WHO Member States, UN agencies, programmes and funds, international global health and humanitarian organisations,¬†NGOs, academic institutions and the media to protect public health policies from undue¬†influence of unhealthy commodity industries.

Download the statement here…

Kate Swaffer is pleased to represent Dementia Alliance International on this second WHO Civil Society Working Group, which is one of 36 Member organisations.

Follow our Dementia Awareness Month 2020 stories and campaigns below and check out our Art Auction

Jerry Wylie and the Dementia Warriors #DAM2020

Today was our monthly Cafe Le Brain, and unfortunately for everyone, one of the co hosts’ internet died, so it was a rather disjointed cafe! We had a few topics on the agenda, including with Jerry Wylie’s permission, watching a video made about setting his local support group, called the Dementia Warriors.

Jerry Wylie, USA

Therefore to support those who missed out on the video at our Cafe, for Day 16 of Dementia Awareness Month #DAM2020 #WAM2020, we are not only adding that video here, we are highlighting Jerry’s journey from diagnosis to now, by posting¬†two videos highlighting his incredible advocacy.

The first is a video recording of a presentation he gave at the ADI conference in Chicago in 2018. The second is a video that was made about setting up his local support group. It has been an incredible journey to partlt share with him; from diagnosis, to depression, to renewed purpose.

Thank you Jerry.

We are so glad DAI was the catalyst to help you see there is still a good life to live, in spite of dementia.

Jerry presents at the ADI Conference in Chicago

As a keynote speaker at the ADI Conference in Chicago in 2018, Jerry shared his deeply personal story, which included him sharing how he had been depressed and even suicidal after his diagnosis, and his passion became one of helping to stop other people’s lives being thrown in the bin after their diagnosis like his was!

People who become empowered to live positively and with renewed meaning and purpose is exactly one of the outcomes the original founders of DAI dreamed of. Life is short, so DAI works towards actively supporting people to get back to living their own lives, and also to have fun again.

Jerry Wylie, speaks on founding the Dementia Warriors.

Jerry often said that joining DAI saved his life, and attending a support group over zoom was the first time he had smiled or laughed since his diagnosis. He is now living the his life with true purpose ad passion, and we all applaud and congratulate him for having the tenacity to keep advocating, until this particular dream was achieved.

Well done Jerry, we hope other members may be inspired to follow you, and we are all very proud of what you have achieved, and how you continue to support families facing dementia.

Read the brochure about Jerry’s exciting Dementia Warriors support group.

DAI Art Auction

Wally Cox is a DAI board member and peer to peer support group co-host and a truly wonderful person. He has donated one of his original Artworks for us to Auction this week.

Thank you Wally.

Details: DAI Silent Art Auction

Original painting by Wally Cox
12×10 inch Watercolor (unframed)

Note: View the attached watercolour has been added here with a watermark to protect the original artwork.

About Wally Cox: Wally lives positively with dementia and is an active DAI board member and peer to peer support group host, and also advocates with his local Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society. He is an amazing artist, and you will not be disappointed with your purchase of one of his watercolours. Check out his Facebook page for posts of some of his other art.

Guidelines and instructions: The online Auction means the person with the highest donation received in the period September 14 – 18, 2020 will be the winner. Wally will then contact you for your address to post the original artwork.

When making donations, please note that Wally and his wife Patricia have offered to pay for the costs of your packing and postage (shipping) to receive the painting.  We ask you are mindful of this when making your donation; an extra amount towards this hard cost would be appreciated.

DONATE HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLOUR.

Thank you Wally.

#DAIisLifeChanging #DementiaAwarenessMonth #DAM2020 #WAM2020

Christine Thelker on why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

It is Day 14 of Dementia Awareness Month 2020 #DAM2020 and remarkably,¬†we’re almost half way through for our daily vlog/blog series.

For todays post, Christine Thelker from Canada shares with us all why she is glad she found Dementia Alliance International (DAI). She agrees that DAI has been Life Changing for her, and hears it has been for so many others, and Christine advocates for other people living with dementia in Canada and all over the world.

You should also check out her new website, and recently published book, For this I am grateful.

Thank you Christine. We are all glad you found DAI

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Christine.

#DAIisLifeChanging

Bill Turner shares why he is glad he found DAI #DAM2020

Bill Turner has been a member of DAI for many years, and is a current Board member, as well as our Occupational Health and Safety Officer. On Day 13 of Dementia Awareness Month, he shares with us a little of his story, and why he is glad he found DAI.

Thank you Bill. We are all very glad you found DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Bill.

Bobby Redman shares why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

Wow! It is already Day 12 of Dementia Awareness Month 2020, and our daily vlog/blog series continues. We really hope you have enjoyed hearing from people diagnosed with dementia from around the world again this year!

DAI member Bobby Redman from the Central Coast in Australia shares why she is glad she found DAI. Bobby is a very active advocate and volunteer, including co-hosting three DAI peer to peer support groups, leading the DAI Action group; she is also a member of the board.

Thank you Bobby. We are very glad you found DAI!

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Bobby.

 

New Report: Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm

From the NDC Alliance: An important new report by NCD Alliance and Spectrum Research Consortium of preliminary findings and analysis of over 750 examples of how unhealthy commodity industries have been responding to the pandemic around the world. It has been published today to coincide with the Global Week for Action on NCDs, themed on accountability.

The report:¬†Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm ‚Äď Unhealthy commodity industries and COVID-19¬†is now available to downloadable here:¬†https://ncdalliance.org/resources/signalling-virtue-promoting-harm.

Background: This crowdsourcing initiative began in response to demand from people Рincluding members of the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs Рraising concerning examples of unhealthy commodity industry practices during the early phase of the pandemic.

These examples are of activities undertaken or presented by businesses as a response to the COVID-19 crisis ‚Äď including corporate social responsibility initiatives, philanthropy, new marketing campaigns, and engagement in policy development and debates.

The report focuses on unhealthy commodity industries identified by respondents to the survey – tobacco, alcohol, ultra-processed food, sugar sweetened beverages, breast-milk substitutes, fossil fuels, and gambling.

The report is organised around four broad categories of strategic responses evident in multiple countries and across diverse industries, and references almost 200 examples based on the submissions received.

The four chapters are:

  • Adapting marketing and promotions, increasing availability
  • Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy
  • Pursuing partnerships, coveting collaboration
  • Shaping policy environments

Watch this space: This report is necessarily very preliminary Рgiven the tight timescales involved we couldn’t fit all of the examples received into the report, and more analysis is to come. These unhealthy commodity industries are so actively undertaking to infiltrate daily lives and influence policy. With policy responses to the pandemic evolving so rapidly, we felt it important to make this early analysis public to document these activities and illuminate the need for stronger protections for NCD prevention policy today and as part of COVID-19 responses and recovery plans. We are working hard to update the interactive map, and further outputs are also intended, keep an eye out for these to be developed.

Please keep monitoring and contributing: This report may inspire you to continue monitoring these industries and holding them to account, so the researchers invite you to share new examples or developments on previous examples shared via this form: https://bit.ly/NCDA_SPECTRUM_MAPPING_TOOL

Tell the world: If you would like to share the report on social media, a sample message for inspiration is below (together with an image attached if you would like to use it):

Report by @SPECTRUMRes & @ncdalliance details examples of unhealthy commodity industries -like #alcohol, #tobacco, ultra-processed food & drink, are leveraging the #COVID19 #pandemic while their products contribute to #NCDs. Read more: https://ncdalliance.org/resources/signalling-virtue-promoting-harm #ActOnNCDs

Accountability¬†Workstream Webinar on 18 September: Lucy Westerman,¬†from the NCDA team¬†and¬†report co-author, will be presenting on the¬†report¬†during next week‚Äôs CS WG Accountability Workstream webinar in 18th September.¬†Please join to hear from Lucy and others discussing industry interference and¬†conflict¬†of¬†interest¬†both in and out of the context of the¬†pandemic, and for the launch of the¬†during which the joint CS WG¬†statement¬†“Protecting the¬†development and implementation of public health policies from undue influence of¬†unhealthy commodity industries‚ÄĚ.¬†Details and register here:¬†http://bit.ly/whocswg1

We hope you find the report Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm enlightening and useful for your advocacy.