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Idalina Aguiar, member of the EWGPWD, tells us how she marked World Alzheimer’s Day 2018

Friday 21 September 2018

Last month, and mainly on World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September) I was once again fighting against the stigma of dementia. Much has been done in support of people living with dementia in recent years, and many campaigns have been launched. Much has changed, but there is still much to do. We need to change the way society still sees the 182,000 people with dementia who live in our country (Portugal). Those affected by dementia know how important it is that society become more accepting, and integrate and help people with dementia. Together, we can contribute to the building of a Dementia-Friendly Community. Together we can make society “friendlier” for people with dementia!

Alzheimer Portugal is 30 years old this year and to mark this anniversary, as well as World Alzheimer’s Day itself of course, several “Memory Walks” are being carried out around Portugal and its islands. I participated in some of these, to help raise awareness.

I have also been involved in campaigning, to ask people in Portugal (especially politicians) to realise the importance of approving the Caregiver's Statute, which would help create a more inclusive, fairer society.

Idalina is supported by her daughter Nélida, to whom we are grateful for her help in translating Idalina's words to English.