The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands (“ADACI”) recently delivered a two hour training session on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to students and lecturers at UCCI’s College of Nursing. The training, which took place on Thursday, 11th May, covered diagnosis, medications and care, as well as the difference between Alzheimer’s and other dementias and was attended by twenty four students and three lecturers of the College.
The training was delivered by Dr. Meera Balraj M.R.C.P., Psychiatrist at Behavioural Health Associates Cayman (BHAC) and also at Health City Cayman Islands. Dr. Meera serves as the Medical Advisor to the Board of ADACI.
The students, who were in their third and fourth years, were all very receptive and engaged during the training, and were asked many questions by Dr. Meera to test their understanding of the topic.
“Dr. Meera made the presentation fun and very easy to understand” said fourth year nursing student Gracion Beale. “As nurses we see patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia on a daily basis, and having a better understanding of the diseases will definitely be of benefit to the patient.”
Delmer Alexander, a student in his third year said “This training has expanded my understanding of the Alzheimer’s disease and dispelled any myths surrounding the disease”.
Dr. Meera said “According to Alzheimer’s Disease International (“ADI”), nearly 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are the top cause for disabilities in later life. She went on to say “However, only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have actually been diagnosed with the condition. Hence detailed knowledge of the disease process is extremely important for early detection. It was a great pleasure to interact with such enthusiastic and receptive students who will lead the way towards early detection and improved delivery of care for affected persons in the future.”
ADACI’s Founder and Chairperson, Dorothy Davis, who was also in attendance for the training was very pleased with the outcome.
At the end of the presentation Dr. Meera and Ms. Davis were each presented with a plant as a gesture of appreciation.
ADACI is a non-profit association and a member of the ADI. ADI is the Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization.
ADACI’s services includes but not limited to sourcing and facilitating training for medical professionals and first responders, counselling persons who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and educating care partners and family members about the stages of Alzheimer’s and how to care for the person.
Published May 11, 2017