PAHO-WHO Bahamas supports Alzheimer Awareness Week

21 Sep 2021
PAHO-STAFF participating in the Alzheimer's Awareness Virtual Walk
PAHO-STAFF participating at the Alzheimer's Awareness Memory Garden

Adorned in purple, the PAHO-WHO Country Office for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands showed their support during Alzheimer Awareness Week 2021.  

The Bahamas Alzheimer Association partnered with the Country Office to host the “Let’s Talk About Dementia” webinar. Dr Keva Thompson, Non-Communicable Diseases Consultant (PAHO-WHO Bahamas) brought brief remarks on the global socio-economic impact of Alzheimer and Dementia. Dr Thompson also gave practical advice for persons living with the condition and their caregivers. The webinar’s ‘panel of experts’ addressed various themes surrounding the legal, medical, and social implications within the country.

Staff members continued their support by participating in a virtual walk and placing Memorial flowers at the first Bahamian Alzheimer Memory Garden located at the Central Bank of The Bahamas. Each flower represented an important connection to Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Green – I care for someone with Alzheimer’s/Dementia

Blue – I have Alzheimer’s/dementia

Yellow – I support The Bahamas Alzheimer’s Association

 Red - I know someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia

Purple - I lost someone to Alzheimer’s/dementia,

 Orange - I support the hope for a cure

On World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st, the public is encouraged to light a candle in honor or memory of a loved one.