Alzheimer's village opened in Al-Diriyah

Updated 08 December 2015
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Alzheimer's village opened in Al-Diriyah

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the “Alzheimer’s village” at Al-Bugairi neighborhood of the historical city of Al-Diriyah here on Saturday.

He also launched a number of projects of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association (SADA) and hailed the association, which is headed by Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, for offering various services to patients and their families.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
The projects include the Emergency Alzheimer Team service, in which volunteers report missing Alzheimer’s patients to the appropriate authorities, and Alzheimer Transporting Program to locates donors and manufactures for designing special vehicles for patients to move from home to hospital and back.
The event was attended, among others, by Prince Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, governor of Diriyah, and Prince Saud bin Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, chairman of SADA board.
A large number of senior citizens and their families, philanthropists and representatives of the event sponsors like Riyadh Development Authority, ExxonMobil, Saudi Fransi Bank, and BAE Systems also attended the function.
Rana Al-Merie, the executive director of SADA, told Arab News they got the idea of building the Alzheimer's village from the Netherlands, which has built such a village for 150 old people with advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease, to let them live in a free and safe environment. “The goal of creating the village here is to have an appropriate place for social activities in pursuit of community understanding and conduct awareness campaigns on the disease and patients.”
Al Merie said that there is a lack of updated statistics on Alzheimer’s patients in the Kingdom but they are estimated be around 50000. Choosing the Al-Bugairi as the location for the village was to draw public attention to the disease more effectively because the neighborhood is one of the famous parts of Al-Diriyah city, the capital of the first Saudi state, she said.
“SADA selected this day to launch the village, to mark World Volunteers Day and to highlight the importance of voluntary work, ” she said. The inauguration ceremony saw speeches by experts and officials besides a variety of programs.


Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

In this March 22, 2012 file photo, a doctor demonstrates how an infant can die due to unsafe sleeping practices using a scene re-enactment doll in Norfolk, Va. (AP)
Updated 22 April 2019
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Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

  • The authors studied 2011-2014 data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registry of deaths in 10 states
  • Young babies can’t easily move away from bedding or a sleeping parent; all of the study deaths were in infants younger than 8 months old

CHICAGO: Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in US infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.
These deaths “are entirely preventable. That’s the most important point,” said Dr. Fern Hauck, a co-author and University of Virginia expert in infant deaths.
Among 250 suffocation deaths, roughly 70 percent involved blankets, pillows or other soft bedding that blocked infants’ airways. Half of these soft bedding-related deaths occurred in an adult bed where most babies were sleeping on their stomachs.
Almost 20 percent suffocated when someone in the bed accidentally moved against or on top of them, and about 12 percent died when their faces were wedged against a wall or mattress.
The authors studied 2011-2014 data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registry of deaths in 10 states. The results offer a more detailed look at death circumstances than previous studies using vital records, said lead author Alexa Erck Lambert, a CDC researcher.
The authors said anecdotal reports suggest there’s been little change in unsafe sleep practices in more recent years.
“It is very, very distressing that in the US we’re just seeing this resistance, or persistence of these high numbers,” Hauck said.
The study was published Monday in Pediatrics.
For years, the US government and the American Academy of Pediatrics have waged safe-sleep campaigns aimed at preventing accidental infant suffocations and strangulations and sudden infant death syndrome. These include “back to sleep” advice promoting having babies sleep on their backs, which experts believe contributed to a decline in SIDS deaths over nearly 30 years. But bed-sharing has increased, along with bed-related accidental suffocations — from 6 deaths per 100,000 infants in 1999 to 23 per 100,000 in 2015, the researchers note.
Dr. Rachel Moon, a University of Virginia pediatrics professor not involved in the study, said the results are not surprising.
“Every day I talk to parents who have lost babies. They thought they were doing the right thing, and it seems safe and it seems OK, until you lose a baby,” Moon said.
Some studies have found bed-sharing increases breastfeeding and it’s common in some families because of cultural traditions. Others simply can’t afford a crib.
Erika Moulton, a stay-at-home mom in suburban New York, said bed-sharing was the only way her son, Hugo, would sleep as a newborn. Moulton struggled with getting enough sleep herself for months, and while she knew doctors advise against it, bed-sharing seemed like the only option.
Now 14 months old, “he’s still in our bed,” she said. “Trying to transition him out is a little difficult.”
The pediatricians group recommends that infants sleep on firm mattresses in their own cribs or bassinets but in their parents’ room for the first year. A tight-fitting top sheet is the only crib bedding recommended, to avoid suffocation or strangulation.
Young babies can’t easily move away from bedding or a sleeping parent; all of the study deaths were in infants younger than 8 months old.