In conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day 2015, the Dementia Society Perak organised a charity walk dubbed, “Memory Walk 2015” on Sunday, September 20. The starting and finishing points were at the Royal College of Medicine Perak, Ipoh. The distance covered was 6.6 km along a route that took participants around a major portion of the city.
The event, incepted in 2013, is aimed at raising awareness about dementia – a broad category of brain disease that causes a gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember which affects the victim’s ability to function normally. Other symptoms include emotional and communication problems and a general feeling of hopelessness.
Besides creating awareness regarding the illness, the walk is also to highlight the roles played by the Ipoh-based society in helping patients and caregivers in Perak. The other reason is to raise funds for the administration of the society’s day-care centre at Jalan Foo Choong Nyit, Ipoh.
According to Dr Esther G. Ebenezer, Chairman of Dementia Society Perak, the centre requires about RM8500 every month to keep it running. Twenty patients are presently being treated at the centre and the number is expected to increase over time.
Esther calls on well-meaning Ipohites and Perakeans to help out. Members of the public can visit the centre located at 15, Jalan Foo Choong Nyit, Ipoh. Call 605 241 11691 for an appointment.
And those who wish to donate in kind can do so via cheque payable to “The Dementia Society Perak”. Alternatively, you can also credit your payment to Maybank Account No: 508177215069.