Switzerland - Dementia Friendly Communities

The Fokus-Prize

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The Fokus-Prize

Association Alzheimer Suisse host The Fokus-Prize each year to award people who commit themselves to supporting people with dementia and their carers or families. Fokus-Prize events take place all over Switzerland, hosted by the 21 chapters of Association Alzheimer Suisse with the chapter choosing their own award winner and presenting the prize. Among recent winners are a company that supported a co-worker with dementia and made it possible for him to keep his job longer than anyone would have expected. Employees of an Italian restaurant who take care of and support a woman who has been a regular guest for years, including helping her to find her way home, have also been awarded. The Fokus-Prize 2014 in the Jura region was awarded to eight volunteers who offer their help in a day-care centre two or three times a week. They propose walks, driving services and music afternoons, but also give a helping hand wherever they can. The prize is designed to raise awareness of dementia by showing what everyone can do to make the lives of people with dementia better. By acknowledging people’s commitment they hope to encourage others to reach out to people living with dementia and their carers in their communities.