by Anne Das
In the soft morning glow at Polo Ground in Ipoh, a collective energy surged as over 400 individuals, spanning generations and backgrounds, gathered for The Dementia Society of Perak’s (TDSP) impactful Memory Walk 2023. From spirited seniors to eager families, the event transformed into a vibrant tapestry of compassion, unity, and a shared commitment to raising dementia awareness
The Memory Walk movement is a stride towards illuminating the shadows of dementia. The event, organised by TDSP, is a ray of hope for the neurodegenerative disease that affects many in our community. It’s about coming together, step by step, to support those affected by dementia and to promote early detection and treatment for the best possible outcomes.
The community’s response was nothing short of inspiring. From eager families to spirited seniors, the Polo Ground was adorned with a diverse crowd, all united by a common cause. The turnout demonstrated the community’s commitment to supporting initiatives that raise awareness and provide vital services for people living with dementia.
The day commenced with invigorating Zumba sessions led by the dynamic Mr. Ismail Ibrahim and his team. Participants danced and moved in unison, establishing an uplifting atmosphere for the event. The spirited crowd was then officially flagged off by the lively duo, Dr. Esther Ebenezer and Dr. Anildev Singh Malhi, using a resounding air horn, signalling the beginning of the walk.
After the flag-off, as the spirited participants set forth on the walk, a delightful musical interlude awaited them. The sounds of Bobby, Maggie & Johnny, the dedicated volunteers at the Bebelec Day Care Centre, who routinely grace Fridays with song and dance sessions for in-house day care attendees, filled the air.
Beyond the main attractions, participants had the opportunity to engage in a myriad of activities. The event offered free health screenings for glucose levels and blood pressure by Pantai Hospital. There were also booths by Bougainvillea City Dementia Café and Perak Women for Women Society. These additional initiatives emphasised the holistic approach of the Memory Walk, promoting both physical and mental health.
As the event aimed not only to raise awareness but also to provide tangible support, participants were encouraged to contribute to the cause. Donations, both financial and in-kind, are welcomed to sustain the Bebelec Dementia Day Care Centre and its vital services. For those wanting to get involved or seeking more information, reach out to the Dementia Society (See Details below)
As we reflect on the echoes of laughter, the rhythm of Zumba, and the shared commitment to a cause, let’s carry the spirit of the Memory Walk forward, fostering understanding, empathy, and hope for a dementia-inclusive future.
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