Nigeria - Dementia Friendly Communities

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends campaign was introduced to Nigeria by Chief Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards from Rossetti Care in 2015. With guidance and support from the Society in the UK, the campaign supported training of over 67,000 dementia friends by early 2016, including 21 Dementia Friends Champions who have progressed to hold Dementia Friends sessions of their own in 19 of the 36 states of Nigeria. Once these individuals had been familiarised with Dementia Friends resources, they were each set the task of training an additional 100 Dementia Friends by providing awareness raising workshops. 

In September 2017, the Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Nigeria (ADAN) co-hosted the 3rd Sub-Saharan African Conference of ADI in Ibadan, attended by delegates and representatives of Alzheimer associations from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The conference was also attended by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Olasupo Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I. The conference included themes of dementia friendliness and support for people living with dementia and their care partners. 

The Ondo State Chapter of Dementia Friends Nigeria (DFN) has actively engaged members of the community in dementia awareness raising, including holding meetings with alumni of the Fiwasaiye Girls Grammar School in Akure to strategize the best way of further developing momentum for dementia friendly attitudes and awareness. The chapter engaged with leaders within the community to ensure information on dementia reached policy makers. 

In 2017, the chapter held a large event to mark World Alzheimer’s Month with messages of awareness and dementia friendliness. Meetings with members of the community and other sustainable activities in support of the aged community were held in the lead-up to the event.  

Viejo Elderly Care Nigeria collaborated with Rosetti Care, World Young Leaders in Dementia and Better Health Foundation Nigeria to train a pool of volunteers that provided counselling, visits and care to members of the elderly in Nigeria. The group was born out of a passion to care for the elderly, who had become vulnerable members of the community due to the erosion of the traditional extended family system that played a primary role in care. 

The group aims to restore the values of this system and raise awareness on the plight of elderly, including those with dementia, in society.