Nobody should be forgotten about, especially not at Christmas.
In the midst of the world's current crises and conflicts, it is crucial not to forget those who were already isolated and vulnerable, desperately requiring food, shelter, and healthcare—both locally and globally. In a world that aspires for peace and humanity, we implore you to extend peace of mind to individuals grappling with diseases like dementia. Even as we pray for global peace, some of the world's poorest people are fervently urging "don't forget about me".
Dementia and Cancer Care in Nepal
In Pokhara, Nepal, Hartaj faces the dual challenges of battling stomach cancer and dementia. As time passed, the disheartening effects of dementia led to confusion, anxiety, and fear, causing him to feel increasingly isolated and lonely. Unable to comprehend his cancer symptoms and treatment, Hartaj began to forget his own life and those he cherished.
However, in the midst of this challenging journey, Hartaj was not forgotten by our partner's Palliative Care Team in Nepal. With years of acquaintance, their holistic care approach formed deep and lasting bonds with Hartaj.
The team visited Hartaj at his home, a safe and familiar space where his memories were close by. To reconnect him with his past and loved ones, our partner hospital facilitated virtual meetings with relatives far away and played his favourite music, bringing him moments of pleasure. This thoughtful intervention allowed Hartaj to relive joyous memories, even as his present grew increasingly dim and challenging.
Despite the care from a neighbouring family, the worsening dementia made it difficult for Hartaj to manage living alone at home. Recognizing this, the team supported him in transferring to a care home, ensuring his safety and well-being.
Your support this Christmas means patients and families living in poverty and facing difficult situations will be remembered when others forget. Your kindness means they will receive the love, care, and humanitarian support they deserve.
Dementia and the UK Social Care Crisis
We haven’t forgotten that the cost-of-living crisis is seriously affecting families in the UK, where dementia is causing isolation and loneliness. At the age of 78, Albert was diagnosed with vascular dementia. He says,
“I was isolated at home on my own and this didn’t help with worrying and overthinking. I was worried about my future and how I would cope. I felt that I had nowhere to turn.”
Now Albert has the support of a Day Service in the UK, which has helped him to find ways to feel like himself again:
“I am now connected within my community and have made lots of new friends. I can stay at home for longer. I’m happy and enjoying life again. My outlook has changed so much since my diagnosis, all because of the Day Service that I attend.”
With our partner in the UK, EMMS International is helping to light up lives and bring joy today when memories have faded. But right at this moment, there are people with dementia who are going without decent meals or professional care at home. Some family carers report they are skipping meals to make ends meet. Families are being pushed further into poverty to give their loved ones the care they require.
With your help today, we can quickly provide healthy meals and social activities to enhance lives, addressing feelings of loneliness, isolation and fear. By making a gift of £24, or whatever you can afford, you can help bring joy this Christmas by bringing people with dementia together for food, fun and laughter.
Behind the crises that catch our attention are people like Hartaj in Nepal and Albert in the UK who would say, “Don’t forget about me.” Please join us in creating a peaceful world for those who feel forgotten and isolated this Christmas. As our partners in Nepal say, “Let us all unite to create a world with a compassionate community and spread love”.
Please donate so that those with dementia and other diseases don't feel forgotten this Christmas.
You can donate:
Online, using the form below
Through bank transfer to Account No: 06 00 06 68 Sort Code: 80-02-28
(please include your name and postcode as a reference).
By calling 0131 313 3828
By posting a cheque, payable to "EMMS International" to EMMS International, Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY