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11 November 2016

11 November 2016 – Fardan Inno Fundraiser

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a fundraising event during the premier of the theatrical play “Fardan Inno” directed by Jacques Maroun on Friday 11 November 2016 at Monot Theatre. 250 people attended the play and enjoyed the show while the proceeds went to suppo ...

11 November 2016 – Fardan Inno Fundraiser

11 November 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a fundraising event during the premier of the theatrical play “Fardan Inno” directed by Jacques Maroun on Friday 11 November 2016 at Monot Theatre.

250 people attended the play and enjoyed the show while the proceeds went to support Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon’ Home Training Program for Caregivers.

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21 July 2016

10 Tips for better Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer Association Lebanon held a lecture on Thursday 21 July 2016 at Monroe Hotel Beirut. The lecture was presented by AAL’s former President, Dr. Nabil Naja talking about “ 10 Tips for better Alzheimer’s Care”.  This was followed by launching of the new progr ...

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10 Tips for better Alzheimer’s Care

21 July 2016

Alzheimer Association Lebanon held a lecture on Thursday 21 July 2016 at Monroe Hotel Beirut. The lecture was presented by AAL’s former President, Dr. Nabil Naja talking about “ 10 Tips for better Alzheimer’s Care”. 

This was followed by launching of the new program “ Home Nursing Training Program”.

Mr. Martin Mougharbil was awarded the “Best Supporter Award #AlzIRON”, Mrs. Betsy Mougharbil was the “ Best Caregiver Award” and Ms. Karma Jaroudi the “Best Volunteer Award”. 

Also Dr. Nabil Naja was awarded a trophy for his work during his presidency 2013-2016. 
The evening ended with a short speech delivered by Dr. George Karam, AAL’s newly elected president.

28 June 2016

Lecture for College Protestant

As part of its youth awareness program,  Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a lecture for Collège Protestant on Tuesday 28 June 2016 The lecture started by introducing Alzheimer’s disease, stages , causes and how to deal with it presented by Dr. Nabil Naja, AAL pre ...

Lecture for College Protestant

28 June 2016

As part of its youth awareness program, 
Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a lecture for Collège Protestant on Tuesday 28 June 2016

The lecture started by introducing Alzheimer’s disease, stages , causes and how to deal with it presented by Dr. Nabil Naja, AAL president. It was followed by presenting two cases at two different stages of the disease to show the impact of the disease on the patient’s memory and behavior. After that, the students toured the hospital generally and Alzheimer’s patients areas specifically. They also visited Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy rooms.

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17 March 2016

“ Elderly Institutions and Alzheimer’s disease Care (part 1)”

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon hosted four nursing homes on Thursday 17 March 2016 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians to spread awareness about the existing services for Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Naja, AAL president , welcomed the following nursing homes: Age Optim ...

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“ Elderly Institutions and Alzheimer’s disease Care (part 1)”

17 March 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon hosted four nursing homes on Thursday 17 March 2016 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians to spread awareness about the existing services for Alzheimer’s patients.

Dr. Naja, AAL president , welcomed the following nursing homes:

  1. Age Optimum
  2. Dar Al Ajaza Al Islamiya
  3. Dar Al Rahma
  4. Foyer St. Georges

The round-table went on by each representative presenting their services, especially the existent services for Alzheimer’s patients.

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05 February 2016

Riyadi Vs Sagesse

Alzheimer's Association Lebanon in partnership with Essence Ciel Events and Al-Riyadi Cares fundraised during the game of the season Riyadi vs. Sagesse on Friday 5 February 2016. Part of the proceeds of the much awaited 100th Riyadi and Sagesse game were offered to support ...

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Riyadi Vs Sagesse

05 February 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in partnership with Essence Ciel Events and Al-Riyadi Cares fundraised during the game of the season Riyadi vs. Sagesse on Friday 5 February 2016.
Part of the proceeds of the much awaited 100th Riyadi and Sagesse game were offered to support the “Home Nursing Services” initiative and give the elderly the decent healthcare and emotional support they deserve.
Happiness can be transferred from young healthy bodies to those who need it. It only takes good souls to come forward and share it.
A big THANK YOU goes to EssenceCiel Events , Riyadi Cares , Hisham Saba Photography and Stepswee for their talent and support.

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21 January 2016

Therapeutic Activities for AD Patients

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on the “Therapeutic Activities For Alzheimer’s Patients” presented by Mrs. Lubna Abou Chakra on twenty first of January 2016 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians.The conference started with the usual questions families ...

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Therapeutic Activities for AD Patients

21 January 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on the “Therapeutic Activities For Alzheimer’s Patients” presented by Mrs. Lubna Abou Chakra on twenty first of January 2016 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians.
The conference started with the usual questions families face with their patients. Then, Mrs. Abou Chakra showcased a short movie showing some therapeutic activities for patients at home or at nursing homes.
Mrs. Lubna noted that “The number of elderly in Lebanon is 362440 according to the Ministry of Social Affairs”.
Among the new directions to take care of the elderly people is Occupational Therapy which mainly depends on therapeutic activities and aims to improve the quality of elderly lives and maintain their independence.
Abou Chakra went on by giving a detailed description of therapeutic activities that are available for dementia patients.
The conference was concluded with questions from the attendees.

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08 December 2015

AlzIRON’s Story

After arriving in Bahrain on Thursday afternoon, I had to go reassemble my bike. Everything was closed by the time I landed so I had to do it myself. I was starting to get very anxious since I did not know if I will be able to find a bike shop the next day to fix it properly ...

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AlzIRON’s Story

08 December 2015

After arriving in Bahrain on Thursday afternoon, I had to go reassemble my bike. Everything was closed by the time I landed so I had to do it myself. I was starting to get very anxious since I did not know if I will be able to find a bike shop the next day to fix it properly. Luckily, Friday I was able to locate a bike shop and fixed it. One less thing to worry about.

Friday morning, I went to the location of the race and swam. It was terrifying, everyone had a wetsuit except for me. This was getting really serious and I started wondering whether I was ready to take this challenge or not. The water was so cold but I managed to get through my swim practice with only my speedos. I, then registered and attended the briefing of the race. During the briefing, we were informed that there might be a strong current in the water and they will decide on the swim early in the morning before the race. Now that was a big blow in the face. I was really excited for the swim but listening to the problems that might arise was very frightening.

On my way to the hotel I found Celia, my wife, waiting for me as a birthday surprise. It was wonderful seeing her, it gave me a great push to know my support system was right there beside me when I take the challenge the next day.

On Race day, the organizers decided to cancel the swim because of the strong current. I was kind of upset but I tried to keep my positive attitude so that I do not lose my energy.

Race started with the 90K bike ride. I started at 30km per hr. A good pace for me. Wind started picking up so sometimes, I went below,sometimes, I was faster but that was my average with normal running shoes. I did not use the clip on, never tried them before.

Finished my first 30K in 1hr I was pleased that I maintained the same speed throughout the second 30. Got a lot of wind in the last 30 and managed to finish with in 3hrs and 8 min.
Parked the bike and started to run.

Was running at the pace of 5.35 per km maintained that for the first 5k the went down to 6.0 min per kilometer and finished the first 10km in 58 minutes.

Then I slowed down, I couldn’t maintain. Pushed myself to finish the 15km in 1hr 36min then I slowed down till the 17th km. Then, I walked at that water stations for about 200m, I was going to break down. I was tired, I wanted to stop. I felt my body was about to fail me. But I had to continue, I had so much at stake. The image of my dad came to me, the dad I knew before who used to push me to the extreme to be able to excel in everything I do. I thought of my children and wife who were all waiting for me to finish. I thought of all the patients and families who had their hopes on me to finish to be able to get the service we were fundraising for. Suddenly, a new rush of energy overcame me and I felt my feet were on the run again. It was ecstatic. I went on and on till the finish line where I was greeted by the face of my wife and friends. I could see how proud they were in their eyes.

I finished my 112 KM race in 5 hours 35 minutes. Better than the time I had set for myself.
I felt alive again. There is no better feeling than taking on a challenge and reaching something I never thought I can do.
I will sign up for another one in January and work my way up to a full one sometime in the near future.
So far we have raised $24,000 for Alzheimer’s patients that can’t afford nurses thanks to everyone who believed in me. We are hoping for more. For everyone who has supported me, I thank them for their belief in my and in our cause. We hope to better serve Alzheimer’s patients and their families the best way we know how.
And that’s the story of my first iron man experience hopefully more to come.

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24 November 2015

Recreational Activities for Nursing Homes

As part of its Volunteer program , Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a training on Saturday November 21st at Foyer St. Georges- Ashrafieh. AAL’s head Occupational Therapist, Mrs. Lubna Abou Chakra kicked off the training session with a lecture on the importance o ...

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Recreational Activities for Nursing Homes

24 November 2015

As part of its Volunteer program , Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a training on Saturday November 21st at Foyer St. Georges- Ashrafieh.

AAL’s head Occupational Therapist, Mrs. Lubna Abou Chakra kicked off the training session with a lecture on the importance of Occupational Therapy for Elderly to help them keep their existent capacities. The second part of the training provided hands-on experience with the Elderly through 5 different workshops.

The goal of this training is to sensitize the youth and promoting more contact with our Elderly.

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05 November 2015

AlzIRON

On October 5, 2015, Martin participated in the Batroun Triathlon that covered 26 KM as a tribute to his father. He personally, fundraised through his participation to help support Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon with their mission in improving the quality of life of people ...

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AlzIRON

05 November 2015

On October 5, 2015, Martin participated in the Batroun Triathlon that covered 26 KM as a tribute to his father. He personally, fundraised through his participation to help support Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon with their mission in improving the quality of life of people with Dementia and their families. People pledged a dollar for every KM, Martin was able to finish. With so little time on his hands, Martin trained only for 2 weeks and was able to complete the race. The money he fundraised was donated to AAL – to help fund 24 support group meetings for the year 2016. AAL’s support group meetings help families with the management of Alzheimer’s disease and offers a platform for advice and psychological support throughout their journey.
AAL would like to thank Martin for all his efforts and belief in the difference our work is doing. The Batroun Triathlon is the 1st challenge Martin took in his journey towards helping families with Dementia patients.
Stay tuned to the ‪#‎AlzIRON‬‬upcoming challenge to take place on the 5th of December 2015.
# AlzIRON

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21 September 2015

World Alzheimer’s Day

  On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on “The Behavioral and Psychological Problems of Dementia Patients” under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Mr. Wael Abou Faour on Monday 21st of September 2015 ...

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World Alzheimer’s Day

21 September 2015

 

On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on “The Behavioral and Psychological Problems of Dementia Patients” under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Mr. Wael Abou Faour on Monday 21st of September 2015 at Monroe Hotel.

Sponsored by SANDOZ Pharmaceuticals , the conference commenced with the Lebanese National Anthem followed by a welcome word from Dr. Nabil Naja, AAL’s President, shedding light on the work that the association has achieved during 12 years, stressing on its important role in helping families coping with the changes and offering a better quality of life for the Alzheimer’s patients.

Then Dr. Helou , the minister’s representative  and Dr. Radi, WHO representative each expressed their full support to the association’s work and cited its important role in spreading awareness.

Four doctors specialized in the Alzheimer’s field were leading the panel: Dr. Naji Riachi, Dr. Elie Estephan, Dr. Georges Karam and Dr. Mona Kraeim.

They presented a case study tackling the following issues:

  • Driving
  • Agitation / Aggression
  • Going home
  • Delirium
  • Sexuality
  • Grief
  • Insomnia / Sleeping problems
  • Pneumonia
  • Eating problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Bathing
  • Non-cooperation

Then the Drs. proposed practical solutions for these common problems that every caregiver can face.

Not the mention that these behavioral problems affect negatively the whole family and main reason for discussing these problems is to ease the burdens on families that have an Alzheimer’s case.

This conference is part of the core work of the association, aiming to help in improving the quality of life for the patients and their families.

The conference was followed by a fruitful Q/A session.

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30 July 2015

Caregiver’s Meeting – Psychological Stress in Caregivers – Dr. Georges Karam

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on the “Psychological Stress of Alzheimer’s Disease in Caregivers,” on Thursday 30 July 2015 at the Monroe Hotel.The Lecture was delivered by Dr. Georges Karam, Geriatric Psychiatrist.Dr. Karam Started the lecture by ...

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Caregiver’s Meeting – Psychological Stress in Caregivers – Dr. Georges Karam

30 July 2015

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference on the “Psychological Stress of Alzheimer’s Disease in Caregivers,” on Thursday 30 July 2015 at the Monroe Hotel.
The Lecture was delivered by Dr. Georges Karam, Geriatric Psychiatrist.
Dr. Karam Started the lecture by a brief overview on the burden of Alzheimer’s Disease on Caregivers explaining that “only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others.”
He then listed 10 advice to lower the level of stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, like the importance of getting a diagnosis as early as possible, managing the level of stress, accepting changes as they occur, giving thyself credit and not feeling the guilt ….

It was an interesting lecture which ended with an interactive Q/A session 

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22 May 2015

Caregiver’s Meeting – Parkinson and Dementia – Dr. Naji Riachi

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference at the Monroe Hotel, Thursday the 21st of May about “Parkinson’s and Dementia.” Dr. Naji Riachi, Neurologist, gave the lecture and explained more about Parkinson’s disease and the difference between Parkinson’s D ...

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Caregiver’s Meeting – Parkinson and Dementia – Dr. Naji Riachi

22 May 2015

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference at the Monroe Hotel, Thursday the 21st of May about “Parkinson’s and Dementia.”

Dr. Naji Riachi, Neurologist, gave the lecture and explained more about Parkinson’s disease and the difference between Parkinson’s Disease Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Riachi pointed out that 25-40% of Parkinson’s disease patients develop Alzheimer’s Disease yet “not every Parkinson’s patient has dementia though they are more likely to develop it.”

It was an interesting lecture which ended with an interactive Q/A session.

 

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18 April 2015

Schools Awareness Lecture – Antonine Sister’s School

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held an awareness lecture on Saturday April 18th, 2015 at the Science Fair of the Antonine Sisters School – Ghazir. The lecture was delivered by Ms. Mirna Mneimneh, AAL Executive Director which covered various aspects of Alzheimer’s dis ...

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Schools Awareness Lecture – Antonine Sister’s School

18 April 2015

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held an awareness lecture on Saturday April 18th, 2015 at the Science Fair of the Antonine Sisters School – Ghazir.

The lecture was delivered by Ms. Mirna Mneimneh, AAL Executive Director which covered various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease from its definition, stages, prevention and common misconceptions surrounding the disease. .

The lecture was concluded with questions and answers from attendees who were curious to know more about the disease.

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26 March 2015

Caregiver’s Meeting – Depression and Dementia – Dr. Selim Atrouni

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Sandoz pharmaceuticals held a lecture on “Depression and Dementia” at the Lebanese order of physicians on Thursday 26 march, 2015. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Salim Atrouni, neurologist and member of AAL’s board of d ...

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Caregiver’s Meeting – Depression and Dementia – Dr. Selim Atrouni

26 March 2015

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Sandoz pharmaceuticals held a lecture on “Depression and Dementia” at the Lebanese order of physicians on Thursday 26 march, 2015.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Salim Atrouni, neurologist and member of AAL’s board of directors and scientific committee.

“The problem of depression affects the symptoms of Alzheimer’s patients; yet depression can be treated.” This is how Dr. Atrouni started his lecture. He pointed out that there’s a huge misconception between the two diseases since they have similar symptoms.

According to Dr. Atrouni, 20-40% of AD patients get depression and treating depression improves the quality of life for the patient and his family.

After explaining the symptoms of both diseases, Dr. Atrouni explained how we can detect depression in Alzheimer’s patients.

The session was followed by a Q&A from the audience with questions to both Dr. Atrouni and Dr. Nabil Naja, AAL president.

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24 February 2015

Still Alice – ِAvant Premiere

As part of its awareness efforts, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) hosted the Avant-Premiere of “Still Alice”, a movie about Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. The event took place at Grand Cinemas - ABC Ashrafieh on Tuesday February 24th 2015. “I'm not a poe ...

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Still Alice – ِAvant Premiere

24 February 2015

As part of its awareness efforts, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) hosted the Avant-Premiere of “Still Alice”, a movie about Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. The event took place at Grand Cinemas – ABC Ashrafieh on Tuesday February 24th 2015.

“I’m not a poet, I am a person living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, and as that person I find myself learning the art of losing every day. Losing my bearings, losing objects, losing sleep, but mostly losing memories…” This is how Alice summarized her fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Julianne Moore (Alice) won the Golden Globe and Oscar award for the best actress in a leading role. She gives an awesome performance easy to relate to and to empathize with.

Maria Shriver, an American journalist, considered that “what ‘Philadelphia’ did for AIDS, ‘Still Alice’ may do for Alzheimer’s.”

700 people attended the movie and most of them were moved by the story and learned a lot about Alzheimer’s disease.

Moore said when she won the Oscar “so many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized. And one thing about movies is that they make people see and feel seen and not alone, and people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so that we can find a cure…”

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon would like to extend its gratitude to all those who contributed and supported their mission in spreading awareness about the severity of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Still Alice” is still showing at all Grand Cinemas movies theaters.

19 February 2015

Public Lecture – Dr. Nabil Naja – Tyr

In collaboration with Resthouse Tyr, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) held an awareness lecture about Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday February 19, 2015. This conference is part of a series of different awareness lectures within its monthly “brunch” organized by ...

Public Lecture – Dr. Nabil Naja – Tyr

19 February 2015

In collaboration with Resthouse Tyr, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) held an awareness lecture about Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday February 19, 2015.

This conference is part of a series of different awareness lectures within its monthly “brunch” organized by Resthouse Tyr.

Ms.Bane Khalife, the event organizer, welcomed the association and its representative Dr. Nabil Naja, AAL president. . The lecture started with detailed explanation about the normal signs of ageing and the difference between these signs and Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most important signs is memory changes which according to Dr. Naja “become exposed to some minimal changes due to aging.”

However Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in 1906 is a slow and gradual decline of mental abilities due to deterioration in brain cells starting with short term memory. Dr. Naja displayed the symptoms of the disease, its stages and ways to prevent it.

Finally Dr. Naja noted the importance of taking care of caregivers since the disease “does not only hit the patient, it hits the whole family through the psychological and financial burdens.”

The lecture was concluded by some questions from the attendees who showed interest in the disease and the ways of prevention.

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29 January 2015

Caregiver’s meeting – Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease – Dr. Samer Tabbal

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference under the title of “Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease” by the neurologist Dr. Samer Tabbal, on Thursday 29 January 2015 at Monroe Hotel. Throughout the conference Dr. Tabbal informed the audience about the phases of ...

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Caregiver’s meeting – Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease – Dr. Samer Tabbal

29 January 2015

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a conference under the title of “Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease” by the neurologist Dr. Samer Tabbal, on Thursday 29 January 2015 at Monroe Hotel.

Throughout the conference Dr. Tabbal informed the audience about the phases of the disease that the AD patients go through. He also introduced some activities that can be done by the caregivers to their patients.

Then he explained more about the disease and clarified the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

He also gave some tips in order to prevent Alzheimer’s as much as possible and it was mainly about staying healthy by eating right, quit smoking and exercising every day for at least half an hour.

The conference was concluded by some questions from the audience answered by both Dr. Tabbal and Dr. Nabil Naja the president of the association.

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09 October 2014

Pharmacological & Non-pharmacological – 1st workshop – Nabatieh

In partnership with the ministry of Social Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held its 1st workshop in Nabatieh on the “Pharmacological & Non-Pharmacological treatments for Alzheimer’s Patients” on Thursday 9 October 2014 . This series of workshops sponsored b ...

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Pharmacological & Non-pharmacological – 1st workshop – Nabatieh

09 October 2014

In partnership with the ministry of Social Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held its 1st workshop in Nabatieh on the “Pharmacological & Non-Pharmacological treatments for Alzheimer’s Patients” on Thursday 9 October 2014 . This series of workshops sponsored by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals falls within AAL’s efforts to promote and raise awareness on the available treatments that can provide a better quality of life for AD patients and their families.

The workshop started with Dr. Abbas Serhan, neurologist, who introduced Alzheimer’s disease, its warning signs, available treatments and the psychological stress of caregivers in dealing with the disease. Ms. Mirna Mneimneh, AAL Executive Manager, presented the non-pharmacological treatments that primarily deal with the management of the disease highlighting several common problems caregivers face. Finally, Marie Elias, MOSA social worker, introduced the ministries’ available services for people with dementia.

The workshop was followed by a Q & A session.

28 August 2014

Caregiver’s Meeting – Dementia and Epilepsy – Dr. Salim Atrouni

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a session entitled “Dementia and Epilepsy” by Dr. Salim Atrouni, president of the Epilepsy society in Lebanon, on Thursday 28 August 2014 at Monroe Hotel.“This is the first time that we speak about the relationship between Alzheim ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – Dementia and Epilepsy – Dr. Salim Atrouni

28 August 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a session entitled “Dementia and Epilepsy” by Dr. Salim Atrouni, president of the Epilepsy society in Lebanon, on Thursday 28 August 2014 at Monroe Hotel.

“This is the first time that we speak about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy,” stated Dr. Atrouni.

Then he went on by defining both diseases and pointing out the misconceptions surrounding Epilepsy. Dr. Atrouni noted that epilepsy is not mental retardation or a curse. It is definitely not a demonic witchcraft either. Epilepsy is an imbalance in the electrical mobility of the brain that leads to seizures. Until this date, 60% of the cases have unknown causes.

Dr. Atrouni went on to explain the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and Epilepsy.
There is not direct link between the two diseases, yet it might occur in some cases.

Those who suffer from epilepsy and Alzheimer mixed together get the diseases at a younger age than those who are usually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In addition, if a patient has the mix of the two diseases, the strokes are usually much harder than those who have only Epilepsy due to the existence of Alzheimer’s disease.

The seminar was concluded with questions from the audiences and some shared their personal stories with both diseases.

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24 June 2014

Caregiver’s Meeting – Aging productively through holistic approach of Occupational Therapy

Alzheimer's Association Lebanon held a session entitled "Aging Productively through Holistic Approach of Occupational Therapy" by Mrs. Fatima Chehouri Nasser, president of the Lebanese Association for Occupational therapy, on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 6:00p.m. at Monroe Hotel. ...

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Caregiver’s Meeting – Aging productively through holistic approach of Occupational Therapy

24 June 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon held a session entitled “Aging Productively through Holistic Approach of Occupational Therapy” by Mrs. Fatima Chehouri Nasser, president of the Lebanese Association for Occupational therapy, on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at 6:00p.m. at Monroe Hotel.

“Occupational Therapy promotes a holistic independence of physical and mental capacities”, stated Mrs. Nasser at the beginning of the lecture. She went on by defining productive aging, which is based on improving the lives of the elderly physically and mentally.

Our brain is the most powerful part of our body and we must take care of it through healthy diet, physical exercising and positive thinking.

Mrs. Nasser noted that all of these factors are interrelated with each other and gave a live example from the audience.

Mrs. Nasser concluded the lecture with positive thinking as it is the most effective source for elderly productive aging followed by Q & A from the audience.

12 June 2014

Early Diagnosis Session in Qubayat – Akkar

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Ministry of Social Affairs, National Committee of Elderly support sponsored Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals , held an Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Qubayat – Akkar on Thursday 12 June 2014. The session ta ...

Early Diagnosis Session in Qubayat – Akkar

12 June 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Ministry of Social Affairs, National Committee of Elderly support sponsored Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals , held an Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Qubayat – Akkar on Thursday 12 June 2014.

The session targeted 85 elderly above the age of 64 living in the surrounding areas to Qubayat – Akkar.

The diagnosis session included:

- Creating a social file to the new patients.

- First assessment examination by three expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra and Ms. Joelle Angel.

- Second Assessment by Dr. Mustapha Hamed.

The results were as follows:

- 4 cases of Mild Cognitive Impairment , 1 of which are mixed cases with depression

- 1 case of Parkinson’s disease

- 5 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis and raising awareness on the disease.

 

29 May 2014

Caregiver’s Meeting – New Concepts of Surgical Care of the Elderly – Dr. Faek Jamali

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon and in collaboration with Algorithm SAL pharmaceutical, organized a session about “New Concepts of Surgical Care of the Elderly” on Thursday 29 May 2014 at Beit el Tabib- Beirut.Dr. Faek Jamaly introduced the surgical care of elderly emp ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – New Concepts of Surgical Care of the Elderly – Dr. Faek Jamali

29 May 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon and in collaboration with Algorithm SAL pharmaceutical, organized a session about “New Concepts of Surgical Care of the Elderly” on Thursday 29 May 2014 at Beit el Tabib- Beirut.

Dr. Faek Jamaly introduced the surgical care of elderly emphasizing on Alzheimer’s patients as he explained the up-to-date surgical care measures in comparison with past measures, which gives caregiver’s the chance to choose the right decision for their elderly. He also highlighted the importance of the stages through which the patient’s should have pre- surgery and after it.

The most important stage is the preparation stage of the patient before surgery, this should be done through questions that deal with mental, psychological and physical health which most doctors don’t have time to do which can affect the elderly patient in a negative way, since most surgeries after the age of sixty five have high tendency of complications that lead to the deterioration of the patient’s condition

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15 May 2014

Early Diagnosis in Jdeideh

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Lions Clubs International- District 351,Metn Lions Club, Ministry of Social Affairs, National Committee of Elderly support,Municipality of Jdeideh sponsored Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, held an Alzheimer’s disease early di ...

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Early Diagnosis in Jdeideh

15 May 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Lions Clubs International- District 351,Metn Lions Club, Ministry of Social Affairs, National Committee of Elderly support,Municipality of Jdeideh sponsored Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, held an Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in municipality of Jdeideh on Thursday 15 of November 2014.

The session targeted 100 elderly above the age of 64 living in the surrounding areas such as Sin el Fil, Dekwaneh, BurjHammoud, Sad el Bawchrieh, Baabdat and Broumana.

The diagnosis session included:

– Creating a social file to the new patients.

– First assessment examination by three expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra,Ms. OmaymaChami and Ms. Joelle Angel.

– Second Assessment by Dr. SelimAtrouny.

The results were as follows:

– 17 cases of Mild Cognitive Impairment, 4 of which are mixed cases with depression and one mixed case with Parkinson’s disease

– 1 case of Parkinson’s disease

– 2 cases of Mild Alzheimer’s disease (2nd Stage) and 1 case of Severe Alzheimer’s disease (3rd Stage)

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis and raising awareness on the disease.

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16 April 2014

AUB Civic and Volunteering Fair

Alzheimer's Association Lebanon has participated in the civic and volunteering fair, on Wednesday 14th of April, 2014. Many volunteers showed their interest in knowing about Alzheimer's disease and registered for volunteering in future AAL events and activities. We had the p ...

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AUB Civic and Volunteering Fair

16 April 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon has participated in the civic and volunteering fair, on Wednesday 14th of April, 2014. Many volunteers showed their interest in knowing about Alzheimer’s disease and registered for volunteering in future AAL events and activities. We had the pleasure to meet other NGO’s, with high hopes to have joint events soon.

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21 March 2014

School’s Awerness – 2nd Lecture – College Protestant Francaise

Within its “Schools Awareness Program ”Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon delivered a lectured on Tuesday March 2014 at College Protestant Francais for Class 6 Section C. Dr. Nabil Naja introduced the world of Geriatrics in general to the students and went on to introd ...

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School’s Awerness – 2nd Lecture – College Protestant Francaise

21 March 2014

Within its “Schools Awareness Program ”Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon delivered a lectured on Tuesday March 2014 at College Protestant Francais for Class 6 Section C.

Dr. Nabil Naja introduced the world of Geriatrics in general to the students and went on to introduce Alzheimer’s disease using different movies and slides highlighting the warning signs and stages of the disease.

Students had come prepared with several questions that were related to cases they have seen with their grandparents.

An Alzheimer’s disease story for kids was distributed at the end of the lecture.

11 March 2014

Early Diagnosis Session – 7th session – Tyr

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented its 7th Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in the Development Service Center of Tyr.The session targeted 80 elderly above the age of 64 living in Tyr and south area. ...

Early Diagnosis Session – 7th session – Tyr

11 March 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented its 7th Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in the Development Service Center of Tyr.

The session targeted 80 elderly above the age of 64 living in Tyr and south area.

The patients underwent a first assessment examination by AAL’s specialist Occupational Therapists.

10 cases were diagnosed with AD by Dr. Mostafa Kharroubi who prescribed the convenient medication to each case including an early Onset case of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 53.

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

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06 March 2014

Public Lecture – Ahl Al Mahaba Union – by Dr. Nabil Naja

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon and in collaboration with Ahl Al Mahabba Union, held a lecture by Dr. Nabil Naja, in Le Royal Dbayeh on the 6th of March 2014. The lecture started with the National Lebanese Anthem and a word from the president of Ahl Al Mahabba Union in ...

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Public Lecture – Ahl Al Mahaba Union – by Dr. Nabil Naja

06 March 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon and in collaboration with Ahl Al Mahabba Union, held a lecture by Dr. Nabil Naja, in Le Royal Dbayeh on the 6th of March 2014.

The lecture started with the National Lebanese Anthem and a word from the president of Ahl Al Mahabba Union in which she thanked the attendees for their interest in knowing more about Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Nabil Naja introduced the causes and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by giving a lot of examples from cases we witness everyday with patients and caregiver’s. He pointed out that Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t onlyaffect the patient, but the whole family also. Due to that, associations around the world were established to help improve the quality of patient’s life and their family.

The lecture was concluded with questions and answers from attendees who were curious to know the aspects and prevention of the disease.
350 people attended the lecture.

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27 February 2014

Opening of Alzheimer’s Disease Information Center in Tripoli

Alzheimer’s Center Opening in North: Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Lion’s International Club- District 351 and Tripoli Handicapped Club Association celebrated the opening of Alzheimer’s Disease Information Center in Tripoli on Thursday 27, ...

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Opening of Alzheimer’s Disease Information Center in Tripoli

27 February 2014

Alzheimer’s Center Opening in North:

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with Lion’s International Club- District 351 and Tripoli Handicapped Club Association celebrated the opening of Alzheimer’s Disease Information Center in Tripoli on Thursday 27, February 2014.

The event started with the president of the Health awareness of LCI- 351 , Lion Elias Bitar who assured his support to spread awareness about this disease and help caregivers to give their patient’s the best support through this center. Meanwhile, Ms. Carole Otayek,
head of Alzheimer’s committee in LCI – 351 , thanked Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon for the support it gave her throughout her mother’s journey in fighting Alzheimer’s disease which lead to a joined partnership between AAL and Lion’s Club International- District 351.

Dr.Nawaf Kabara, CEO of the handicapped club association in Tripoli, expressed his interest in the problems that elderly people face pointing out that this center is a starting point.

Dr. Nabil Naja, president of Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon, congratulated the attendees for their interest in Alzheimer’s disease and thanked Lion’s International Club- District 351 for their efforts in helping this Center see the light which will be a significant part of the Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon work.

Finally, Mr. Wajih Akkari, district governor of Lions Club International- District-351,expressed his hope in offering the best service to all the Lebanese segments hoping to open another center in Lebanon soon.

Who are we? A group of specialists in the fields of medical and health care fields diverse and able to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and alleviate the burden of physical and mental health suffered by patients.

This team will take care of sponsored and educate patients and their families at the initiative of the International Governor clubs Districts (area 351 ) and the Committee on health awareness in this area, in collaboration with Alzheimer Association Lebanon and the Association Forum of the Handicapped in North Lebanon.

Objectives:

• Coordination with Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in the field of awareness and education on Alzheimer’s patients in the north.

• Coordination with official contacts in order to raise the level of health and social service provided to patients .

• Raise awareness in the community about Alzheimer’s disease .

• Provide medical guidance to patients and their families with excellent service.

• Educate caregiver’s on how to deal with their AD patient problems through rotational support group meetings divided according to the level and type of Dementia.

• Guidance on psychological problems and behavioral disorders suffered by the patient and how to deal with them.

• Education about drug treatments: the benefits and side effects Alzheimer’s Disease Medication drugs.

• Helping to improve movement disorders and difficulties experienced by patients.

Team members :

Dr. Elias Bitar : a specialist in brain surgery and neurology and Head of surgery department at Al- Nini Hospital- Tripoli.

Dr. Nabil Mohsen : a specialist in neurology and President of the Lebanese Society of Neurologists in Lebanon .

Ms. Maha Atassi Aljisr : a specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy .

Dr. Elie Nehme : Pharmacist Doctor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy at Al- Nini Hospital.

Ms. Alissar Yassin Haddad: a specialist in the diet and nutrition therapy, has Masters in Public Health and works as a university professor.

Dr. Mohammad Halimi : Doctor of Physical Therapy and works as a university professor.
Miss Jocelyne Rashkidi : Social health assistance, responsible for the programs of social and educational integration and rehabilitation engineering of the handicapped forum in North Lebanon.

Meetings :

Team members meet with patients and their families a full day every Friday at six afternoon ” at the headquarters of the Association Forum of the Handicapped in Tripoli port – Port Said street behind Qattan fuel station.

(For more information, please call the following numbers: 06213426 – 03654199 – 06610195)

20 February 2014

Caregiver’s Meeting – Intimate Life of Alzheimer’s disease Patients – Dr. Elie Estephan

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Novartis, organized a lecture titled “Intimate life of Alzheimer’s disease Patients”, presented by Dr. Elie Stephan, head of the Lebanese Society of Geriatrics, on Thursday 20, Feb 2014.Dr. Stephan started by explaining th ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – Intimate Life of Alzheimer’s disease Patients – Dr. Elie Estephan

20 February 2014

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Novartis, organized a lecture titled “Intimate life of Alzheimer’s disease Patients”, presented by Dr. Elie Stephan, head of the Lebanese Society of Geriatrics, on Thursday 20, Feb 2014.

Dr. Stephan started by explaining that the intimate life of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease is not just about sex rather than it’s about feelings and passion. He highlighted that the sexual life is a right of every human being, why don’t we give Alzheimer’s patients their right of having an intimate life?

He also noted that the first symptoms of the diseasecan be detected through the intimate relationship between husband and wife since the person can note changes in the sexual act where some of these symptoms can be displayed

- Decrease or increase of sexual desire, which may sometimes lead to sexual hyperactivity which may lead to many problems and strain the relationship between couples.

Dr. Stephan asserted that the family or caregiver should pay attention to what the patient is trying to tell us through these actions might be a result or symptom of other reasons.

The lecture was concluded with the audience questions that dealt with a lot of suggestions on how to deal and address sexual acts of the AD patient, especially in public places and care homes for the elderly.

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17 December 2013

Early Diagnosis – 6th session – Al Omr Almadid

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Al-Omr Al-Madid on Tuesday 17 December 2013. The session targeted 100 elderly above the age of 64 living in Beirut, Chemlan, A ...

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Early Diagnosis – 6th session – Al Omr Almadid

17 December 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon sponsored by Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Al-Omr Al-Madid on Tuesday 17 December 2013.

The session targeted 100 elderly above the age of 64 living in Beirut, Chemlan, Akkar and Iqleem.

The session started with an introduction about Alzheimer’s disease by Dr. Nabil Naja. AAL president and went on with an awareness session about the disease delivered by Ms. Nisrine Labban, manager of Al-Omr Al-Madid.

After a preliminary screening for Alzheimer’s disease by the staff of the institution, 30 patients underwent a second assessment examination by AAL’s expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra.

10 cases were then referred to Dr. Nabil Naja (Geriatrician) for the final phase of diagnosis.

The results were as follows:

• 5 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

This session is yet another stepping-stone towards raising awareness in these communities, helping caregivers’ with the management of the disease and raising the quality of life of AD patients.

05 December 2013

Caregiver’s Meeting – An Hour with a Dementia Patient – Dr. Georges Karam

For the first time in Lebanon & the Arab World, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) held “An Hour with AD Patient” Conference in Hotel Monroe on Thursday the 5th of December 2013, hosting the first Alzheimer’s patient and his family to share their experience wi ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – An Hour with a Dementia Patient – Dr. Georges Karam

05 December 2013

For the first time in Lebanon & the Arab World, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon (AAL) held “An Hour with AD Patient” Conference in Hotel Monroe on Thursday the 5th of December 2013, hosting the first Alzheimer’s patient and his family to share their experience with the audience. The Event was sponsored by Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals and JasMar Media.

The conference started with the national Lebanese anthem and the word of AAL President Dr. Nabil Naja who highlighted the reality of hiding the truth of the diagnosis from the patients and excluding them from taking decisions concerning the management of the disease. Dr. Naja also noted the importance of this meeting is in terms of breaking down barriers surrounded by Alzheimer’s disease patients and giving them a voice to express themselves. A short film was screened afterwards, about the life of the patient and the diagnostic session of the AD Patient. Mr. Esper Ghantous, is 79 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 4 years and a half. Esper retired about two years ago and the symptoms of the disease began to appear two years before his retirement when his son noticed that his father began to forget things. His family contacted a specialized doctor who started with his treatment right away which helped in the delayed progression of the disease tremendously.

The family decided to share with their father his condition and gave him the choice to help himself.

Ghantous family is very loving and supportive towards Esper and have embraced the disease. His wife intervened by confirming, “He is still the man of the house.”

Meanwhile, Dr. George Karam introduced Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms and stages. Esper Ghantous is still in the first phase that is taking a lot of time especially if treatment has been started immediately since the beginning of the symptoms and upon diagnosis with the help and involvement of the family.

The discussion was further channeled through Dr. Kamal Kallab, Dr. Salim Atrouny, Dr. George Karam, and Dr. Nabil who all interviewed the patient with questions from the audience.

The most highlighted message that was given by Esper Ghantous throughout the conference was: “Death is a normal path but with my faith and God’s will, I am facing the Alzheimer’s in the best way by accepting my reality. My message to all caregiver’s out there, i am still capable of going on with my life, do not forget to do the same with your patients.” AAL honored Mr. Ghantous for his courage of facing Alzheimer’s disease with strong hope with “Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Patient” titled trophy, which was presented by the AAL Board members, Mrs. Randa Sarraf and Mrs. Randa Al Ashkar.

The conference started with the national Lebanese anthem and the word of AAL President Dr. Nabil Naja who highlighted the reality of hiding the truth of the diagnosis from the patients and excluding them from taking decisions concerning the management of the disease. Dr. Naja also noted the importance of this meeting is in terms of breaking down barriers surrounded by Alzheimer’s disease patients and giving them a voice to express themselves. A short film was screened afterwards, about the life of the patient and the diagnostic session of the AD Patient. Mr. Esper Ghantous, is 79 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 4 years and a half. Esper retired about two years ago and the symptoms of the disease began to appear two years before his retirement when his son noticed that his father began to forget things. His family contacted a specialized doctor who started with his treatment right away which helped in the delayed progression of the disease tremendously.

The family decided to share with their father his condition and gave him the choice to help himself.

Ghantous family is very loving and supportive towards Esper and have embraced the disease. His wife intervened by confirming, “He is still the man of the house.”

Meanwhile, Dr. George Karam introduced Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms and stages. Esper Ghantous is still in the first phase that is taking a lot of time especially if treatment has been started immediately since the beginning of the symptoms and upon diagnosis with the help and involvement of the family.

The discussion was further channeled through Dr. Kamal Kallab, Dr. Salim Atrouny, Dr. George Karam, and Dr. Nabil who all interviewed the patient with questions from the audience.

The most highlighted message that was given by Esper Ghantous throughout the conference was: “Death is a normal path but with my faith and God’s will, I am facing the Alzheimer’s in the best way by accepting my reality. My message to all caregiver’s out there, i am still capable of going on with my life, do not forget to do the same with your patients.” AAL honored Mr. Ghantous for his courage of facing Alzheimer’s disease with strong hope with “Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Patient” titled trophy, which was presented by the AAL Board members, Mrs. Randa Sarraf and Mrs. Randa Al Ashkar.

 

 

21 November 2013

Schools Awareness Lecture – College Protestant Francaise

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon launched its “Youth Awareness Program” on Thursday 21 November 2013.The first awareness lecture took place at College Protestant Francais for Class 5 D.Dr. Nabil Naja introduced the world of Geriatrics in general for the students and wen ...

Schools Awareness Lecture – College Protestant Francaise

21 November 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon launched its “Youth Awareness Program” on Thursday 21 November 2013.
The first awareness lecture took place at College Protestant Francais for Class 5 D.

Dr. Nabil Naja introduced the world of Geriatrics in general for the students and went on to introduce Alzheimer’s disease through the use of different movies and slides highlighting the warning signs and stages of the disease.

Students had come prepared with several questions that were related to cases they have seen with their grandparents.

Students of Class 5 D, also, had fund-raised for AAL and will be donating wheelchairs for Alzheimer’s patients.

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19 November 2013

Early Diagnosis session – 5th session – Sawfar

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in partnership with the “Lions Club International – district 351” and in collaboration with “Aley Souk El Gharb Lions Club” and “Municipality of Saoufar” implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Saou ...

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Early Diagnosis session – 5th session – Sawfar

19 November 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in partnership with the “Lions Club International – district 351” and in collaboration with “Aley Souk El Gharb Lions Club” and “Municipality of Saoufar” implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Saoufar on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013.

The session targeted 60 elderly above the age of 64 living in Aley and its neighboring villages.

The patients underwent a first assessment examination by two expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra and Ms. Joelle Angel.

6 cases were then referred to Dr. Hassan Saad (Neurologist) for the second phase of diagnosis.

The results were as follows:

• 2 cases of Vascular Dementia

• 1 case of Parkinson disease

• 2 cases of Depression

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

This session is yet another stepping-stone towards raising awareness in these communities, helping caregivers’ with the management of the disease and raising the quality of life of AD patients.

05 November 2013

Early Diagnosis session – 4th session – Zahle

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Zahle on Tuesday 5th of November 2013. This session was sponsored by Algorithm pharmaceuticals. The session targeted 7 ...

Early Diagnosis session – 4th session – Zahle

05 November 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented another Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Zahle on Tuesday 5th of November 2013. This session was sponsored by Algorithm pharmaceuticals.

The session targeted 74 elderly above the age of 64 living in Zahle and its surrounding villages.

The patients underwent a first assessment examination by three expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra ,Ms. Omayma Chami and Ms. Joelle Angel.

21 cases were then referred to Dr. Chaker Khamis (Neurologist) for the second phase of diagnosis.

The results were as follows:

• 10 cases of Alzheimer’s

• 1 case of Vascular Dementia

• 10 cases of potential Alzheimer’s which need to follow-up with the Doctor at his clinic.

The diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients received Exenta Memantine treatment samples as per the Doctor’s coordination.

It should finally be noted that the session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon will follow-up with all the diagnoses AD patients and help their caregivers with the management of the disease.

02 October 2013

Public Lecture – Le Plan Alzheimer’s – Dr. Joel Menard

The AAL, the “Lebanese Association of Nephrology and blood pressure,” the “Kidney Disease Association” and in collaboration with specialized NGOs, supported by the Algorithm company, presented, Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013 in the Movenpick Hotel, a seminar with ...

Public Lecture – Le Plan Alzheimer’s – Dr. Joel Menard

02 October 2013

The AAL, the “Lebanese Association of Nephrology and blood pressure,” the “Kidney Disease Association” and in collaboration with specialized NGOs, supported by the Algorithm company, presented, Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013 in the Movenpick Hotel, a seminar with the Professor Joel Menard, the Minister of health in France and the creator of the AD plan that was adopted by the European Union.

The show was inaugurated by Dr. Nabil Naja, the president of the AAL, with a welcoming and thanking word to Professor Menard. Then Dr. Jose Khabout, the president of the Lebanese Association of Nephrology and blood pressure, introduced Prof. Menard and presented his biography and his arrival to develop the AD plan 2008-2013 in France when he took the Ministry of health under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Prof. Menard displayed the doubling of the Alzheimer’s disease in the coming years and its effects on the global economy especially that in the France an AD patient cost 4000 euro in a month.

He also exposed details of the plan that distributes its interest in many fields, Most importantly, scientific research where dozens of new research centers were set up in Europe, with a focus on the importance of care and treatment at home by a dedicated team funded by the informal sector.

Prof. Menard Stressed on the importance of supporting the associations and the NGOs that offer care to the patient and offers support to the family and the caregivers. And that has spared in favor of this objective an amount of money that form twice the amounts allocated to research and treatment.

The seminar was concluded with a long discussion with the attendees about the specificity of implementing this plan in Lebanon and the Arab countries, and then Prof. Menard reminded about the importance of these countries to organize themselves so they can afford the burdens of the doubling of the Alzheimer’s disease.

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21 September 2013

Awareness Campaign – World Alzheimer’s Day: Remembrance Tree

In the occasion of the world day for Alzheimer’s disease patients, 21 September 2013, and for the first time in Lebanon, the AAL, headed by Dr. Nabil Naja, in collaboration with “Lions Club International – district 351” headed by the ruler Lion Wajih Akkary, started ...

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Awareness Campaign – World Alzheimer’s Day: Remembrance Tree

21 September 2013

In the occasion of the world day for Alzheimer’s disease patients, 21 September 2013, and for the first time in Lebanon, the AAL, headed by Dr. Nabil Naja, in collaboration with “Lions Club International – district 351” headed by the ruler Lion Wajih Akkary, started a chain of activities aiming to implement awareness campaigns regarding the disease, the way patients should be dealt with and presenting support to their families.

The first event was the “The Tree of Memories” on the 22nd of September 2013, which mainly consists about a tree with big branches found in different places in Lebanon:

–  Beirut Souks
–  Zaytouna Bay
–  Municipality of Jounieh
–  Zahle, The Valley entrance
–  Our Lady of Harissa

The visitors of the different locations tied white ribbons on the trees’ branches to symbolize bringing back hope and memories to the AD patients.

The association also released her association program with the “Lions Club International – district 351” through a press conference in Beirut Souks.

In her turn the “Barista Espresso” company will hold an awareness campaign on every social media platforms on the importance of the disease through releasing the hashtag #IRemember which will allow donating one dollar when visiting the company’s website.

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12 September 2013

Early Diagnosis Session – 3rd session – Jounieh

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in partnership with the “Lions Club International – district 351” and in collaboration with “Kaslik Lions Club” and “Municipality of Jounieh” implemented its third Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Jounieh at “ ...

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Early Diagnosis Session – 3rd session – Jounieh

12 September 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in partnership with the “Lions Club International – district 351” and in collaboration with “Kaslik Lions Club” and “Municipality of Jounieh” implemented its third Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in Jounieh at “Ghadir Dispensary” on Thursday, September 12th, 2013. The session was sponsored by Novartis pharmaceuticals.

The session targeted 50 elderly above the age of 64 living in Jounieh. Also, the session included an awareness lecture given by Ms. Mirna Mneimneh, Executive Manager of AAL.

The patients underwent a first assessment examination by two expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra and Ms. Omayma Chami.

12 cases were then referred to Dr. Georges Hanna (Neurologist) for the second phase of diagnosis.

The results were as follows:

•  4 cases of Alzheimer’s disease

•  1 case of Mild Cognitive Impairment

The session reaped great success especially in terms of the attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

The importance of these findings show the low-level of diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases. Moreover, this is a stepping stone towards raising awareness in these communities, helping caregivers’ with the management of the disease and raising the quality of life of AD patients.

29 August 2013

Caregiver’s Meeting – Palliative Care : Supporting Patients & Caregivers During Serious Illnesses – Dr. Hibah Osman

Alzheimer’s Association- Lebanon in collaboration with BALSAM (Lebanese Center of Palliative Care), held a lecture on Thursday the 29th of September 2013 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians. Dr. Hibah Osman, (Director of Palliative Care Service at AUBMC and Medical Directo ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – Palliative Care : Supporting Patients & Caregivers During Serious Illnesses – Dr. Hibah Osman

29 August 2013

Alzheimer’s Association- Lebanon in collaboration with BALSAM (Lebanese Center of Palliative Care), held a lecture on Thursday the 29th of September 2013 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians. Dr. Hibah Osman, (Director of Palliative Care Service at AUBMC and Medical Director at BALSAM) delivered a lecture titled: “Palliative Care: Supporting Patients and Caregivers during Serious Illnesses”.

Dr. Hibah discussed how this approach improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing Alzheimer’s disease and other problems associated with Life-threatening illness, emphasizing on the importance of palliative care in minimizing illnesses physically, psychosocially and spiritually.

Moreover, Dr. Osman highlighted how Palliative Care is also important for patients, caregivers and Families.

Dr. Nabil Naja and Dr. Hibah Osman, collaboratively discussed and focused on the benefits of Palliative care especially to Alzheimer’s patients throughout their symptoms, evidence and pain stages.

A very interactive questions and answers took place between the speaker and the audience.

A small cocktail was held afterwards.

04 July 2013

Early Diagnosis Session – 2nd session – Mazraa

The Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented its second Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in West Beirut on Thursday, July 4th, 2013. The session was sponsored by Novartis pharmaceuticals and Crepaway.The ...

Early Diagnosis Session – 2nd session – Mazraa

04 July 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs implemented its second Alzheimer’s disease early diagnosis session in West Beirut on Thursday, July 4th, 2013. The session was sponsored by Novartis pharmaceuticals and Crepaway.

The session targeted 60 elderly above the age of 64 living in West Beirut.

The elderly underwent a first assessment examination by two expert Occupational therapists, Ms. Lubna Abou Chakra and Ms. Omayma Chami.

16 cases were then referred to Dr. Selim Atrouni (Neurologist) for the second phase of diagnosis.

The results were as follows:

•  2 cases of Alzheimer’s
•  6 cases of Mild Cognitive Impairment
•  2 cases of Depression

It should finally be noted that the session reaped great success especially in terms ofthe attention of the elderly to their health and their desire for early AD diagnosis.

The importance of these findings show the low-level of diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases. Moreover, this is a stepping stone towards raising awareness in these communities, helping caregivers’ with the management of the disease andraising the quality of life of AD patients.

13 June 2013

Caregiver’s Meeting – Alzheimer’s patients…Has the law forgotten them? – Maitre Rayan Kouatly

“Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon” supported by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals held a seminar on the legal rights of Alzheimer’s patients in Lebanon on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians.Dr. Nabil Naja, President of AAL, opened the panel with a brie ...

Caregiver’s Meeting – Alzheimer’s patients…Has the law forgotten them? – Maitre Rayan Kouatly

13 June 2013

“Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon” supported by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals held a seminar on the legal rights of Alzheimer’s patients in Lebanon on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at the Lebanese Order of Physicians.

Dr. Nabil Naja, President of AAL, opened the panel with a brief review of Alzheimer’s disease, its causes and several stages.

It was followed by a lecture titled “Alzheimer’s patients. Has the law forgotten to protect them” delivered by the expert lawyer Mr. Rayan Kouatly.

The first section of the lectured tackled the eligibility of AD patients to make any kind of legal business from buying, selling or donating any of his/her assets. Having identified the legal framework of the disease, AD patient’s to conduct any business was thoroughly addressed in light of carious civil legislation.

The ability of a legal guardian or heirs to abort any business the AD patient does was also highlighted.

The second part of the lecture, was intended to display the ways to protect patients against Alzheimer, whether ways designed to protect the patient from his surroundings and punish all those who seek to exploit his health for him to conduct the work, or the ways designed to plan ahead for the future of the patient.

In this context, various measures currently established in European countries were also presented. Unlike Lebanon, AD patients in Europe once diagnosed while they are still enjoying their intellectual and legal capacities plan ahead all the legal and health matters.

In conclusion, a bill of rights for Alzheimer patients in Lebanon need to be enforced to fill the defect and the shortfall in the current legislation and to provide maximum protection for patients in the light of European and French legislation specifically.

A very interactive Q & A took place between the speakers and the audience.

The attendees varied between Doctors, lawyers, notaries and families of Alzheimer’s patients.

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10 April 2013

Civic and Volunteering Day at AUB

Alzheimer's Association Lebanon participated in the American University of Beirut's "Civic and Volunteering day" which took place on April 10,2013. AAL set up a stand with its current volunteers to recruit new people on board who are interested in working for the cause. I ...

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Civic and Volunteering Day at AUB

10 April 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon participated in the American University of Beirut’s “Civic and Volunteering day” which took place on April 10,2013.

AAL set up a stand with its current volunteers to recruit new people on board who are interested in working for the cause. In addition, the purpose of the stand was to raise awareness on Alzheimer’s disease in Lebanon. Students passed by, some to ask questions about AAL and Alzheimer’s disease and others were interested in volunteering with the association.

During this day, AAL launched its volunteering program and already received 25 confirmed volunteers’ applications. AAL’s volunteer program will have different branches which are:

– Schools’ awareness program

– Shadowing of Occupational Therapists

– Fundraising events

– Visiting and Interacting with AD patients in nursing homes

The 1st step towards the launch of this program started with an awareness lecture presented by Dr. Nabil Naja, President of AAL. 25 student volunteers attended and a very interactive session took place.