The Seminar was attended by a large number of Agha Khani community members. Mr. Karim Chatoor, Mr. Kashif Iqbal, Mr. Noor Ud Din Gilani, Mr. Kamran Ismaili and Ms. Ruqaiya Kamran also graced the occasion with their presence.
Dr. Salima Naveed, Chairperson, Agha Khan Local Health Board Lahore welcomed the participants & guest speakers and highlighted the growing problem of Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias. Dr. Salima said that the Agha Khan Local Health Board Lahore in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Pakistan is planning to initiate the Dementia Friends campaign for the community, which is the biggest ever global initiative to create awareness and change people’s perceptions of dementia.
Speaking at the Seminar, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Patron, Alzheimer’s Pakistan gave a presentation on Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease. She gave an overview of the important topics such as symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and how to manage a person with dementia in her presentation. Dr. Yasmin said that with increasing life expectancy, the number of people with dementia are also increasing in the country. It is important that the community join hands to create awareness and government starts providing the much needed dementia care services in the country.
Dr. Hussain Jafri, Secretary General of Alzheimer’s Pakistan presented on the global and national incidence of the disease. He also highlighted on Alzheimer’s Care Services available in Pakistan. Moreover, Dr. Jafri also informed the participants about the Dementia Friends Movement, which has been developed and led by the Alzheimer’s Society UK and aims to transform the way the citizens thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Alzheimer’s Pakistan has joined the large number of nations working towards developing Dementia Friendly Communities in their respective countries.
The Dementia Friends Movement focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia in a number of ways. One of these ways is through the Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process, which encourages communities to sign up and work towards becoming dementia-friendly. At the end of his presenataion, Dr. Hussain Jafri thanked Dr. Salima Naveed and Mr. Kamran Ismaili for organizing such a successful Awareness Seminar.
After the presentations, a questions and answers session was held and the speakers answered the questions from participants.
Mr. Noor Ud Din Gilani, Secretary, Agha Khan Local Council Lahore thanked the guest speakers and retreated that the Agha Khan Local Council Lahore shall continue to hold awareness session on important health topics.
In the end Mr. Karim Chatoor, Leader, Agha Khan Community presented shields of appreciation to the speakers.