SADA lectures to focus on prevention of Alzheimer’s



RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published — Tuesday 18 December 2012

Last update 18 December 2012 4:33 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

As part of its awareness campaign, the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association (SADA) will host a lecture program on Tuesday at the Security Forces Hospital (SFH) in Riyadh.
According to an official from SADA, the program will focus on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and will include two lectures during the evening.
Dr. Najib Qadhi, deputy head of the neurology department and head of the neurology physicians training program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) ,and Dr. Reema Salman, therapeutic nutrition and sports medicine specialist, from the same hospital will deliver a presentation on ways to prevent the disease.
The lecture will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Prince Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Hall at the SFH headquarters in the capital.
The official said that it would be a comprehensive program, which will highlight the preventive measures and suggest constructive measures for the treatment of Alzheimer's patients at home.
In September, SADA launched a four-week national awareness campaign with the participation of a number of health experts, as well as delegates from social and charity organizations. In addition, more than 12 state and private universities and charity societies joined the campaign, which was held throughout the Kingdom.
The campaign also came amid calls for the inclusion of Alzheimer's patients in the health insurance system and the launching of a national registry and database for the disease.
Princess Madawi bint Muhammed bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman, SADA’s vice chairperson, said the society’s aim in launching this awareness program is to capture and raise the public’s attention about the importance of this disease and its prevalence in Saudi society.
The chief executive officer of SADA, Deemah Al-Rais, said recently that the society successfully conducted the "Purple Sky Program", whereby 10,000 balloons were released into the sky, to mark World Alzheimer’s Day in the Kingdom.
“The campaign was an extension to SADA’s awareness, health and social programs,” she said.
She added that one of the most important projects currently under way is the opening of outpatient clinics for Alzheimer's patients in a number of government hospitals. The project was successfully planned with the vital assistance of 300 volunteers from various organizations and educational institutions. Al-Rais expressed the society’s pleasure over the fact that a large number of women and children participated in the campaign and showed their respect to their elders.
Besides community awareness programs, several contracts and agreements have been signed between SADA and strategic commercial partners, for the benefit of Alzheimer's patients and their families.
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named after German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the last century since then.
Alzheimer’s gets worse over time and is fatal. It has been categorized as the sixth leading cause of death in the world. It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other intellectual abilities, serious enough to interfere with daily life. The disease accounts for 50 to 70 percent of dementia cases. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
SADA announced the introduction of an international prize for scientific research in Alzheimer’s disease, named after Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz at the opening of the First International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Riyadh recently.
Notably, the organization received the Chaillot Award from the European Union for its continued efforts to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in the Saudi society and for improving the health and living conditions of Alzheimer's patients.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami unveiled a beautifully framed old kiswa (covering) of the door of the Holy Kaaba at one of the newly refurbished halls of the world body. The...
A policeman was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Qatif in the Eastern Province on Tuesday night.According to a spokesman of the Eastern Province police, the firing took place at 11:30 p.m. in a suburb called Al-Jishi.The targeted police officer was...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Show, one of the many events of Jeddah Summer Festival 36, is attracting a large number of visitors. The sound-and-light show is being run at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.The show tells the story of the Bri...
JEDDAH: The Riyadh Traffic Department carried out extensive campaigns on the main streets, intersections and squares in the city to boost traffic safety levels and discourage bad driving.During the first 72 hours of the campaign, traffic personnel re...
RIYADH: One of two women infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) died here in Riyadh, while the other patient is being treated at a hospital in Al-Kharj, some 60 km from the capital. Since June 2012, the Ministry of...
AL-AHSA: Approximately 20,000 tons of Al-Ahsa dates are planned to be marketed abroad during the new dates season.Muhammad Ismail, director general of the King Abdullah City for Dates (KACD), said: “The authorities in the city are planning to increas...
JEDDAH: Al-Bagdadiya neighborhood residents in Jeddah are living in a state of worry because of 20 abandoned houses, which serve as hideouts for criminals.Residents said some houses are on the verge of collapse and have turned into shelters for crimi...
JEDDAH: A committee consisting of representatives from the Hail governorate, municipality, health department and the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA) has ordered the closure of a restaurant in the city’s industrial area.Twelve people suffer...
The board of the Saudia Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization has announced that mandatory application of the regulations on new tires produced or sold in the Kingdom will commence in November this year.The board explained that the technical...
JEDDAH: The number of people with mental health issues or depression is increasing in Saudi Arabia due to urbanization, marital or relationship problems, and not being able to keep up with rapid progress. A Saudi mother said that her daughter suffers...
JUBAIL: Jubail beaches are expected to receive many tourists during September as a large number of people usually head to the city once the summer gets cooler to enjoy their holiday here.As part of the beach preparations for this season, the Social S...
RIYADH: More than 50 percent of vehicle users in the Kingdom are not satisfied with the after-sales service of auto agencies in the Kingdom.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) to evaluate the performance of automobile...
JEDDAH: The Appeals Court has upheld the verdict issued by a specialized penal court which sentenced Dr. Said bin Zair to four years in prison from the date of his arrest in 1428.According to the ruling, the academician is also banned from traveling...
JEDDAH: Health authorities in the Eastern Province are expected to issue a decision soon against four Saudi nurses accused of “negligence” for an incident which led to the amputation of the hand of a Saudi girl after they tried to insert a needle in...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah municipality has closed down a popular restaurant following the discovery of a rat rummaging through food items.The rat act was captured on video and posted on social media websites. It went viral, prompting the authorities to laun...

Stay Connected

Facebook