Welcome to Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation
The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) incorporated in 2001, is an approved charity registered with the Ministry of Social Services. LAF is the first and to date the only organization dedicated to advocating and addressing the needs of those diagnosed with cognitive impairment and dementia in Sri Lanka. LAF is a member of the world body, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) which represents 100 member associations from countries around the world. ADI supports its member associations including LAF by sharing knowledge and information about the latest developments in the field of dementia.
The journey of LAF began in September 1999 when Lorraine Yu and Tami Tamitegama made a commitment at the 2nd Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific regional meeting held in Singapore to set up an Alzheimer’s Association in Sri Lanka.
Initially, LAF had no office of its own and operated from the family home of the Founders. In the early years, Lorraine Yu, Co-Founder of the Organisation strived hard to create awareness about a disease, little heard or understood in Sri Lanka and to raise funds to take their initiative forward.
With a vision to set up an Information and Service Center, Lorraine Yu and Tami Tamitegama decided to meet all expenses of the Foundation until the Centre was set up, from their personal funds. When their commitment finally ceased in 2011 with the opening of the state of the art Service and Information Centre, they had spent nearly 6 million rupees towards the cause.
” To improve the quality of life of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and enhance the well-being of their families and carers “
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Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific Regional Meeting
“This service Centre for people with dementia and their families and all those working in the field is a model not just for Sri Lanka but for countries all over the world.”
Dr. Nori Graham, BM BCh, FRCPsych. Former Chair of Alzheimer′s Disease International
“The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation provided me with counselling when I was struggling to cope with the diagnosis and invited me to join the Caregiver Support Group. It gives me the opportunity to unburden and talk of my experiences and fears”
“When I contacted the Foundation, they were very prompt to respond. I wish I had connected with the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation much earlier.”
Carer, Deepika Walpita
“Our mom comes home very cheery from her visits. She has more things to add to general conversation and she brags about her singing, arts and crafts. Her depression and general mood have lightened up quite significantly. These visits have also helped us so much. We have learnt the importance of a routine, and certain tactics for dealing with people suffering from diseases such as this.”
“ Amma takes great joy in singing and dancing, interests we did not know she had. These are outings where she gets a break from her boredom. She always comes back and regales us with tales of her meetings, and happily gifts someone at home with the craft she has made that day.”
“Whilst the new Doctor and his medication visibly improved my mother-in-law’s physical condition, the credit for the betterment of her emotional condition and quality of life (in my view) goes to the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation. “
“I was happy to find a very nice place, something quite similar to what we would find in France. A place where she can meet people of her own age, make friends and engage in activities”
“When we were exhausted both physically and mentally I called the helpline and asked for Lorraine. Finally, there was someone who understood. Understood me, understood my father’s need for help and understood what we were going through. Lorraine couldn’t perform a miracle and fix my mum’s brain but she listened to our story. Sometimes that is all you need.”
“The patients are greeted on arrival and welcomed with warm hugs. The volunteers make each one feel special. There are no restrictions on patients and they are free to do as they wish. My wife loved her visits to the foundation because there were plenty of open spaces and she had the freedom to walk around as much as she pleased.”
B D K Saldin
“Being a person who led an active life in the past, we had been looking for a place where we could take her at least once a week to give a break from the monotony of staying at home all the time. With all my close family living overseas and unable to support in caring for my mother, Lanka Alzheimer Foundation has been a haven where I could leave my mother without a worry once a week.”