The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News guardian.ng 17 Jul, 2021 05:30 am

The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Guardian Woman — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News — Guardian Woman — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
IN 2015, I founded Affiong Etuk foundation for inclusive health and it was necessary because my mum, being a nurse, practiced in the 60s/70s/80s and then I took after her.

I am saying this because in the UK where I live in particular, we are actually reaping a lot from people living with Dementia; in my university, if you are in any health programme and designing a new curriculum, we will be asking you to get someone from that profession who is living with Dementia because when they tell you about nursing of the past, you know that’s the nursing we need now.So, we have people living with Dementia as working groups and we invite them to tell us about our curriculum so we can reap a lot.Rather than ostracising people living with dementia, we should be harvesting their knowledge and experiences.The idea is that we get to a point every human being in our society understand that when somebody is living with Dementia, they are not wasteful and if we grow and support them, they can be of benefit to us.

One in six people over 80 live with Dementia; the situation is more interesting in a place like Nigeria, because analysis shows that increment in our lifespan is so overwhelming that we are more likely and prone to living with Dementia.So, I spend time telling people that it is not a curse; the day I got the diagnosis that my mum was living with Dementia, I knew she would because this woman did not sleep.

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