The Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation and the Manresa association for family members of Alzheimer's sufferers have signed a collaboration agreement
The aim is for participants to benefit from the services offered by both entities, as well as sharing leisure and cultural activities.
The memory and health stimulation and reinforcement programme (REMS) run by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, and the association for family members of Alzheimer's and dementia patients in Bages, Berguedà, Moianès and Solsonès (AFABBS) signed a collaboration agreement today.
The aim of the agreement is for participants with memory loss to benefit from the services offered by both organisations, as well as sharing leisure and cultural activities. The two organisations have a common goal: working towards improving the psychological and emotional well-being of those who are beginning to suffer from cognitive decline. Both seek to improve quality of life and help families.
Three shared activities have already been scheduled for the first half of 2020: Showcooking with REMS participants and AFABBS users (17 March); visit to La Pedrera (17 April) and visit and lunch at Món Sant Benet (17 July).
During today's event, held at the social space run by the foundation in Manresa, Marta Torras, head of Social Impulse at Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, and Fina Rovira, President of AFABBS, gave speeches. Torras spoke about how important it is for the foundation to have facilities in place in the region to help people suffering from these diseases, and Rovira added that this agreement would make services more visible. She also emphasised that the collaboration included complicity, mutual support and synergies. "The agreement has two benefits: working together more closely and the possibility of running joint activities.”
The memory and health stimulation and reinforcement programme run by the foundation, REMS
is a programme run by Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation and aimed at people with cognitive impairment who are autonomous in their daily lives and need to keep moving and take an active role in looking after their health.
The programme, which has been running since 2013, aims to improve the quality of life and emotional well-being of participants. It promotes empowerment, fosters interpersonal relationships, and supports the cognitive and physical abilities of participants so they can maintain their autonomy for as long as possible.
Manresa association for family members of Alzheimer's sufferers
The association for family members of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in Bages, Berguedà, Moianès and Solsonès was created in 2000 to support people with a family member suffering from a neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer's or dementia.
The association aims to bring together people who are affected by the situation in order to improve the quality of life of family members of Alzheimer's patients and Alzheimer’s sufferers themselves. The association aims to increase information about the disease, raise awareness among the general population about what dementia is, collaborate with other institutions to work towards improving healthcare resources to cover genuine needs, to establish relationships, agreements and collaborations with other social organisations, businesses, and cultural groups, and to work with others for their complicity, mutual support and to promote the visibility of the disease.