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Roundtable discussion on challenges of Alzheimer’s disease

Minister of Culture, Karim Kawar, Leen Madanat, Hamza Nouri, Arwa Najdawi, Lina Nuqul
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Press Release — A meeting was convened in Jordan to discuss the challenges of the Alzheimer’s disease as part of activities leading up to the World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) in September, according to a press release.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Culture Haifa Al-Najjar said her ministry “works with partners on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease by emphasizing cultural education and reflecting this effort in programs for arts, culture, and in publication.”

Najjar spoke at a roundtable Saturday with Jordan’s leading advocates for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s.

The roundtable was organized by Al ‘Oun for Alzheimer’s Patient Care Association (AACA) and Al Marji’ Publications’ Family Flavours and Nakahat ‘Ailiyeh magazines, who teamed up to host a series of activities leading up to WAM.

“We are proud of our partnership with AACA and how we network to bring different entities into this partnership,” said Hind-Lara Mango, Al Marji’ Publications’ publisher and managing director.
Research indicates that around 31,000 people are living with dementia in Jordan, a number expected to rise to 50,000 by 2050, an extraordinary increase of 50 percent.
Panelists spoke out about the challenges facing Alzheimer’s patients and their families. They included the Ministry of Health, Arwa Al-Najdawi, an expert in the National Policy on Ageing, caregiver Karim Kawar, Alzheimer’s advocate Lina Nuqul, and AACA Treasurer Leen Al-Madanat.

“Research indicates that around 31,000 people are living with dementia in Jordan, a number expected to rise to 50,000 by 2050, an extraordinary increase of 50 percent,” noted AACA President Hamza Nouri.

One with Nature Center (OWN) also partnered with Al Marji’ Publications and AACA for WAM.

“Yoga is a great mood booster for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and the gentle moves we worked on with the elderly are ideal for their daily routines,” said Ghada Muasher, OWN founder.

The potential of aromatherapy to reduce stress and stimulate memory was emphasized by Aromatherapist Zeinab Ishtay, expert contributor in Family Flavours magazine. 

“Several essential oils are proving effective for relieving symptoms of dementia, such as challenges with memory, behavior, mood, and sleep,” Ishtay explained.

For someone with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, smell has the strongest and most direct connection to memory, she noted.


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