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Association Luxembourg Alzheimer hosts “Memory Stay”

Monday 21 September 2020

Each year, in September, “memory walks” are organised by Alzheimer associations around the world, with the aim of informing and educating the general public about dementia, as well as raising much-needed funds.

This year, in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the traditional Association Luxembourg Alzheimer (ALA) Memory Walk was replaced with a “Memory Stay”, on World Alzheimer’s Day. This virtual event provided information and a platform for discussion and questions, with the aim of increasing public awareness of dementia and reducing stigma.

“To break the taboo, you have to talk about a disease” writes the ALA, and as part of the Memory Stay, participants were asked to display and / or wear a “Dementia, let's talk about it - September 21, 2020 - World Alzheimer's Day” sticker (pictured) and to send in photos. These were then posted on Facebook and on the ALA website. The stickers were sent to members, ministries and various organisations, with the aim of creating a “buzz” and getting people to show solidarity with people with dementia. A hashtag was also created for the occasion: #memorystay2020.