23rd September 2010
Tuesday 21 September was World Alzheimer’s Day and the Jersey Association chose to make this their official launch date.
Sixth form students Katherine Lowe and Bar Nachmani attended the launch in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor and Mrs Valerie Ridgeway who is the Association’s new patron. We heard that globally there are an estimated 35 million people suffering from the condition with more than 1,000 cases in Jersey alone.
As part of the College’s enrichment programme, Katherine, Bar and our head girl, Lucy Crossman, assist every Friday at an activity called Musical Memories run by the JAA. Music therapist Fiona Speller leads each session and encourages the attendees (those with Alzheimer’s and their carers) to sing familiar songs, play percussion instruments and dance if they wish to. Jo Cummins, JAA’s manager, also speaks with the girls each week about a different aspect of the condition. This experience has been invaluable for our girls, many of whom are hoping to enter the medical profession.
The photos show Bar and Katherine at the JAA launch, and Katherine with music therapist, Fiona Speller.