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Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act

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Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Alzheimer Mexico Learn and Act
Photo taken by the students of TEC campus Santa Fe
Photo taken by the students of TEC campus Santa Fe

It is a pleasure for us to share with you our project activities from November 2018 to January 2019. Celebrating the end of the year and the beginning of another, we at Alzheimer Mexico celebrated important dates, received student visits, and continued our stimulation activities. Let's take a look at the important activities we have carried out.

In November we received the visit of new students from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe campus, who donated their talent by taking beautiful photos and participating in activities with us. Thank you to teacher Hilda Muñoz Gómez and her students!

We also participated in Cemefi (Mexican Center For Philanthropy) 2018 Annual Meeting, strengthening alliances with other organizations. Our founder, Mrs. Lilia María Groues del Mazo participated in the conference "Sensitization towards unattended ailments", on Tuesday 13th. Thank you CEMEFIfor having selected us to share our expertise in this important event!

On November 14th, the students from ENEO (National School of Nursing and Obstetrics) who do their internships with us, organized a very funny dynamic "Alzheimer's Mexico Supermarket", as part of cognitive stimulation.

The “Dolores Olmedo Museum” received our visit on November 20th, as part of our walks for the physical and cognitive stimulation. We walked through the garden, which has a great diversity of plants and flowers, and through the cultural exhibitions. We really liked it!

On November 23, social worker Luisa Calzada participated in the To Whom It May Concern Program (“A quien corresponda”) of Canal a+7.2, providing guidance to the population on dementias.

In November we also received the visit of students from the Universidad Intercontinental, organized by Victor Quiroz, who brought us piñata, fun activities and a valuable donation of blankets for the cold. Thank you for your enthusiasm, we look forward to seeing you soon!

In the last month of the year, we also have piñata with ENEO students. On December 13, the students made the traditional “Posada”, which reminds people of the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph from their departure from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where they looked for a place to stay and wait for the birth of the baby Jesus. How important it is to celebrate our traditions!

In our Day Care Center, we celebrated the end of the year with the end of the year meal, with the families. We ate, danced and sang. They were presented with an exciting photo exhibition. Thank you all for being part of Alzheimer Mexico, I.A.P.!

We organized a fun walk to the Papalote Children's Museum with students from WinPenny School, where we participated in many cognitive stimulation activities. Thank you guys for joining us!

In Mexico, we celebrate the Three Kings Day, traditionally celebrated on January 6th with many gifts and the delicious “rosca de reyes”, which we ate on January 7th.Inside the bread there is one or several small dolls (plastic representations of the Child Jesus) and the person who finds it offer “tamales” or “atole”, on the 2nd of February, Day of the Virgin of Candelaria. So delicious!

In January, we also participated in the Community Journey of the Elderly in Tlalpan, providing information to the general public. We are grateful for the invitation of Mayor Patricia Aceves. Thank you!

Besides all activities, we are proud to announce that since January we have a new institutional image (as you can see in our photos). Renewal is a quality of life, a preamble to growth and positive changes, in Alzheimer Mexico, I.A.P. we renew our image with the firm purpose of continuing to grow as an institution to provide a better service with the same objective.

We want to invite our donors to keep supporting the dementia treatment with your important donation and to invite your family and friends to support Alzheimer México I.A.P. as well. You are very important to us! Don´t forget it! 

Please, check more information about our job in our Facebook Page: @alzheimermexico

Finally, please let us know your questions and comments about this report and our work.

Visiting Dolores Olmedo Museum
Visiting Dolores Olmedo Museum
Universidad Intercontinental visiting us
Universidad Intercontinental visiting us
New Year
New Year's Eve Celebration
Papalote Children
Papalote Children's Museum
Supermarket organized by ENEO
Supermarket organized by ENEO

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Alzheimers Learn and Act
Alzheimers Learn and Act

We are honored to share with you part of our August to October project activities. These months are very special to us because we celebrate important dates, as you will see.

In Mexico, we celebrate The Day of Older Persons on August 28th. In this occasion, we were invited to a breakfast organized by the government in which everybody danced and took many pictures, and we also received a foodstuff donation. We are grateful for this moment!

In our Day Care Center, we were visited by our storyteller volunteer Alma Castillo, who told us many beautiful stories that made our imagination fly. Thank you so much!

September is the Alzheimer´s International Month, which invites us to think about people with dementia and their caregivers, and how important is an early diagnosis to bring them the correct treatment that they should have. That´s way we look for public strategies to share information about dementia and self-care.

We organized, with an alliance with the Mexico City Government, especially with Sedeso (Ministry of Social Development), our macro 3rd edition to Alzheimer´s Learn and Act. It was a free event, for the whole family, with nine stands: Brain Exhibition, Crafts, Games, Basic and Instrumental activities of daily life, Gerontological information, Sensopeception, Talks with Experts, Family Support, and Information to Children and Teenagers. Useful information for everybody!

We also formed a human brain, made by 2,500 people with t-shirts from different colors, and finally, we took an amazing picture by drone, as you can see at the beginning of this report. Thank you, everybody who shared this experience with us!

On September 14th, we also celebrated our Independence Day (16th), with “mariachis”, and the Juan Gabriel´s cover, a famous Mexican artist represented by Carlos Bonilla, one of our member team. It was so funny!

October was such a special month, in which we prepare our proffer to our ancestors and dead family members that are not in this world anymore, but at the beginning of November (1st and 2nd) come to visit us. We eat a delicious “pan de muerto” donned by professor Roberto Garza-Castillón Cantú and his students, Alejandro Jiménez and Mikaela Renae, who came to celebrate with us.

We also received the visit of Professor José Heriberto García Peña, from the University Tecnológico de Monterrey Santa Fe, and students from Winpenny School, who bring us food supply. Thank you so much!

Besides all celebrations, we kept working normally, developing our attention model with our therapies, cognitive and physic stimulation, strategies to preserve capacities still not damaged by dementia.

We want to invite our donors to keep supporting the dementia treatment with your important donation and to invite your family and friends to support Alzheimer México I.A.P. as well. You are very important to us! Don´t forget it! 

Please, check more information about our job in our Facebook Page: @ alzheimermexico

Finally, please let us know your questions and comments about this report and our work.

Celebrating the Mexican Day of Older Persons
Celebrating the Mexican Day of Older Persons
Stand "Talk to Experts" in Alzheimers Learn & Act
Stand "Talk to Experts" in Alzheimers Learn & Act
Independence Day
Independence Day
Winpenny School visiting us
Winpenny School visiting us
Dead Celebration
Dead Celebration

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Nacional Monte de Piedad 2018 Price awarded
Nacional Monte de Piedad 2018 Price awarded

 

Today, we will share with you our May to July project activities, which we carried out in our Day Care Center, based in Mexico City.

 

May: Mother’s Day celebration; Nacional Monte de Piedad 2018 Price ceremony; National Alzheimer’s Congress; visit to the Dolores Olmedo Museum

 

June: Father’s Day celebration; Founder’s Birthday celebration

 

July: Dancing morning, Second Social Investment Fair in Mexico City

 

As usual, the patients and family members continued with their daily activities and received special stimulation therapy in our Day Care Center, and we are very happy to share with you the most important activities during the last three months.

 

As every May 10, we celebrate in Mexico Mother’s Day, and of course, we did so in our Center. This year we had a special ceremony with our staff members who are mothers. Our deeply appreciation and warm thank you to our very special guest who did such a thoughtful and meaningful dynamics that stayed for a long time in our mind and in our hearts.

 

This month of May will certainly remain forever in our minds as a very memorable one: On May 22, Alzheimer Mexico IAP was honored by Nacional Monte de Piedad, a well-known and very recognized foundation, which awarded the annual price to our institution. We are very proud and happy about this price, what we shared with all our staff and family members, as well as with all our donors! Without any doubt, all of you contributed to this huge achievement. Thank you!

 

From May 24 to 26, the Annual Alzheimer’s Congress took place in Aguascalientes. Our founder and president did a lecture about how to manage loss, our vice president about nutrition and our director about strategic alliances with government. There was a huge interest in those themes, as well as in others during the Congress. Next May, this Congress will be held in Puebla.

 

On June 17 was the celebration of the Father’s Day, and we did celebrate all fathers (patients and staff members) the following Monday, enjoying very much this pleasant and delightful celebration, as well as the football games and the special decoration the team members did!

 

In June, we had also another important celebration. We prepared for the founder and president of our institution a surprising birthday celebration, and she had an emotive moment to spend with all staff members and patients. Many congratulations!

Once a month, Board members and our vice president organize a trip with the elderly we serve in our Day Care Center to the most interesting places. On one hand, we foster social inclusion, and on the other hand patients, staff and Board members do interact and know each other better. The last two trips were to the Dolores Olmedo Museum, located in the Southern part of Mexico City, nearby our Dare Care Center, and the other was to the dancing club “La Nueva Cuba”, where patients and care givers had a great moment, enjoying breakfast, and of course, dancing! Family members told us how happy their patients returned to home this day and asked for participating in the next opportunity.

 

Alzheimer México IAP participated again in the Social Investment Fair, this year the second one, organized by the Mexico City government, and the Mexico City Social Development ministry. More than 100 civil society organizations showed their products and their work in the exhibition area of the Monumento a la Revolución. The mayor of Mexico City, Dr. Amieva inaugurated the fair, and visited the booths of the civil society organizations that participated in the program of social co-investment. Our director and project leader received the mayor at our booth, and she explained the activities Alzheimer México IAP is carrying out with this fund. 120 educators of the government who visit the homes of the elder people (age 68 and more) who receive a monthly pension in the city, will be trained in basic knowledge about dementia and how to treat and care a person with dementia.

 

On this point, we want to invite all our donors who live in Mexico City, to save the following date:

 

Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm

 

Alzheimer’s Learn and Act –

 

public event at the Monumento a la Revolución

 

We will build again a huge brain with the persons who will join us, and we also will have a lot of activities and workshops about Alzheimer’s and dementia forms, the care of persons with dementia, physical therapy, laughter therapy, movies, and a lot more…. We wait for you and your family!

 

Please do not forget to stay tuned for our weekly radio program on internet Alzheimer Aprende y Actúa (Alzheimer’s Learn and Act), every Tuesday from 13 to 14 hours (Mexico City time) on www.radioapyt.com

 

Also, we do invite you to join us in our own youtube channel: please look for Alzheimer Mexico IAP and share the video clips to your friends, colleagues and family members. Many thanks in advance!

 


Finally, please let us know your questions and comments about this report and our work.

 

 




Sharing NMP 2018 Price with family members
Sharing NMP 2018 Price with family members
Father
Father's Day Celebration
Dancing morning....
Dancing morning....
Founder
Founder's Birthday Celebration
Second Social Investment Fair in Mexico City
Second Social Investment Fair in Mexico City

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Birthday celebration
Birthday celebration

It is our pleasure to share with you our project activities, from February through April 2018.

The patients and family members had enjoyed a lot the recent spring days and the events we carried out at our Day Care Center:

  • Celebration of Valentine’s Day, February, 14  
  • Global Health Team, February 12 – March 2
  • Spring celebration, March 21
  • Easter celebration, March 23
  • Children’s Day, April 30

February starts for our caring team with the preparations for the annual Valentine Day’s celebration. This year you can appreciate the huge heart built by red and white balloons where users sit in front of for the picture! Obviously after shooting followed dancing… enjoying a great time!

On March 26, our eldest “grandma” celebrated her birthday: 92 years! She is coming to our Day Care Center since 2010, and you can see how those eight years have made a big difference in her life and in her family’s life as well. Her disease has not advanced so fasten, and thanks to the therapies and simulation she receives every day in our Day Care Center, her quality of life has been better. She has not progressed yet to the last stage, being completely dependent and tied to bed, without being able to walk, to speak, to eat on herself…..she is very active and you can see her big smile! Many congratulations!

During the months of February and March, we received a very special visit. After a long application period, we were chosen to receive an in-kind donation we were very glad about. Three consultants (from Japan, United States and England) spent three weeks with us in order to learn about our institutional challenges, and to help us to scale our scope of work to another level. Thank you so much Global Health Team for all your insights and recommendations! We had a great time, and we appreciate very much all your support.

Spring arrives on March 21, and we did several celebrations. First, there was a special Reiki ceremony to welcome spring, and warmer days, and to receive the energy from the cosmos. Later on, the Caregiver team prepared some dynamics and role plays with all of the persons with dementia, and also with some of the family members who joined us this day.

This year, the Holy Week was early, so we started celebrations on Friday, March 23. This year we offered for the first time an unusual celebration, German style. Therefore, we boiled eggs and with all the patients and the staff, we had a great moment to color those boiled warm eggs. Many patients experienced for the first time how a white egg converted into a blue, red, green or yellow one! Then, after having had a little snack, the Easter rabbit already hid so well the eggs, that it took a while until the last one was found. We wished you all spent a very happy Easter season with your family!

On Abril 30, Mexico celebrates Children’s Day, and so did we at our Day Care Center. It was a very pleasant, delightful celebration with all the persons with dementia, who still remember very well their childhood! Today it was a special pleasure to see them dressed up to this unique occasion, which was a huge pool of clowns, dolls and even Minnie Mouse among us!

Please do not forget to stay tuned for our weekly radio program on internet Alzheimer Aprende y Actúa (Alzheimer’s Learn and Act), every Tuesday from 13 to 14 hours (Mexico City time) on www.radioapyt.com

We share with you a picture from our radio program on February 13, where the members of the Global Health Team joined us in a very interesting interview.

Your questions and comments are always very welcomed!

Valentines Day
Valentines Day
Spring welcome ceremony
Spring welcome ceremony
Spring celebration
Spring celebration
Goodbye to the Global Health Team
Goodbye to the Global Health Team
Coloring Easter eggs...
Coloring Easter eggs...
Season greetings
Season greetings

We are so pleased to share with you our project activities, from November 2017 through January 2018.

As you can see on our first picture, the beneficiaries at Alzheimer Mexico’s Day Care Center want to wish you a very happy New Year, full of good energy, health and success!

During the last months, we had many events. Some of those events were the following ones:

  • Celebration of the traditional Death Day, November, 1st  
  • Closing of 2017 training courses, November
  • Christmas lunch with families, December 7th
  • Posada 2017
  • Team’s gift swap, December 22th
  • Rosca de Reyes, January 8th
  • Strategic Planning meeting, January 28th

As usual, the first day of November, the Mexican population celebrate and honor their dead beloved ones. This celebration has a very high value during the yearlong activities in our Day Care Center. Patients and staff prepare long time before, during a couple of weeks or more, all the necessary for a gorgeous activity, which starts from preparing the Death Altar to preparing the decoration, and to preparing the special clothing this day. Patients really love to dress themselves up as a “Catrina” or a devil, or whatever they want to appear as. Family members are very involved, encouraging them to put on a costume, they often prepare on their own. It’s a very impressive and joyful event!

Alzheimer Mexico IAP carried out –during 2017- four training courses of trainers. One hundred sixty one women (trainers) from the Mexico City government, who oversee 600 elder peoples’ homes each, received basic training at our Day Care Center about how to recognize, deal with and take care of persons with dementia. Adding the new trained trainers, this program has achieved to train 471 trainers in Mexico City who are now able to share the information about dementia during their visits to the homes where elder people are living, spreading the information and guide about caring for a person with dementia at home to 282,600 families all over Mexico City. We know that this is a huge impact on more than a million persons who have now access to information about dementia and care of dementia patients.

Our traditional end of the year gathering with all patients, families and donors took place this year on December 7 in our Day Care Center. The secretary of our Board donated the meal and received a huge applause! Thank you so much for the generous donation we enjoyed so much! The chair of the Board, Lilia Groues del Mazo, high lightened in her speech the main achievements during 2017 with a very special recognition of the staff, their hard work and the quality of the services provided. The other milestone was, without any doubts, the recognition (prize) from Compartir Social Foundation in the best charity category.

One of the traditional celebrations during the Holiday season in Mexico is the “Posada” (A "posada navideña" is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem where the Christ child was later born) where one group of people represent Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. So, this group outside is pledging and knocking at the door in order that the group inside allows them to enter the house and to stay. All the patients participate very fervently in this celebration!

Our Day Care Center closed on December 22 for holidays and the last day staff members enjoyed very much their gift swap. This year, all members agreed on chocolates as the gift to be swapped as a small sign of esteem and recognition between the team members. They burst into laughter and curiosity at every different kind of chocolates they discovered. A very stress releasing and encouraging afternoon, we spent together. Many thanks to the whole team for their hard work, every day, all days long!

During the usual January 6 celebration (Three Kings’ Day), we shared with all patients, some family and staff members the Rosca de Reyes, which is a traditional King cake, and who finds a little doll (king) in its piece of cake, has to bring tamales on February 2! Tamales will come very soon!

The Board started a strategic planning process on November 2017 that was continued during a follow up meeting last Sunday, January 28. Board members are very committed and exciting about the new challenges the institution will face this year: to achieve sustainability in financial and social terms, to scale up the model implementation and to carry out a clear communication and positioning campaign. We will maintain you all informed about the progress of those ambitious goals during 2018.

Please do not forget to stay tuned for our weekly radio program on internet Alzheimer Aprende y Actúa (Alzheimer’s Learn and Act), every Tuesday from 13 to 14 hours (Mexico City time) on www.radioapyt.com Questions and comments are very welcomed!

Monthly support group session
Monthly support group session
Traditional "Posada"
Traditional "Posada"
One of the pacients
One of the pacients' best amusement: "Pinata"
During Christmas celebration
During Christmas celebration
Gift swap with team members
Gift swap with team members
 

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Alzheimer Mexico IAP

Location: Mexico City - Mexico
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Regina Altena
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