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Conquering Kilimanjaro To Fight Dementia

  • March 22, 2016
  • By 50 Shades
  • 10 Comments

Dementia

I think most of us are touched at some stage during our lifetime with the illness known as Dementia, whether it be a loved one, a relative or friend. As we get older too there is always the fear at the back of our minds as to whether we will contract this debilitating disease during our twilight years.

Here are three facts about Dementia:

  1. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
  2. Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing.
  3. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia.

The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Some common symptoms may include:

  • Progressive and frequent memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Personality change
  • Apathy and withdrawal
  • Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks.

There are more than 353,800 Australians living with Dementia and it is on the rise. It is therefore paramount that more research is done into this disease that affects so many.

Recently I was approached to promote a Kilimanjaro challenge to raise much needed funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, which I happily agreed to post on my website.

Fight Dementia Conquer Kilimanjaro

So if you are interested in combining raising money for a cause close to everyone’s heart and conquering Kilimanjaro, it doesn’t get much more gratifying than this! The fundraising team will guarantee that this will be an experience that you will be proud of and reminisce about for a very long time. Imagine how incredible it would be to conquer Kilimanjaro with a group who are ALL fighting for this amazing cause!

The fundraising team will be helping you every step of the way, from confirming your place on the trip to raising your first dollar, reaching the summit and returning home a new person! They are very excited about this new adventure and will take good care of you.

They will provide you with your own fundraising pack which includes hints and tips for fundraising. You will also be sent a pack list and a health checklist to go over with your doctor. Emma, the Community Fundraising Executive, will help you set up your own JustGiving fundraising page and share with you the many ways that you can let people know about what you are doing.

Adventure Alternative – a company with extremely experienced staff – are conducting the climb. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have both before and during your trip.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Dominating the landscape like no other mountain, both iconic and instantly recognizable, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. At 5,895 metres, to climb Kilimanjaro is a great challenge, not to be underestimated, but entirely feasible for the hill walker looking to combine a high mountain adventure with a trip to Africa.

Kilimanjaro translates to “mountain of the springs” and its unique position just below the equator offers an opportunity to experience five different habitats from bottom to top, which makes an ascent of the mountain undeniably special. In a matter of days you’ll climb Kilimanjaro from the equator to what feels like the Arctic, moving through grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadows, moorlands and desert uplands to snow and ice.

It is the fundraising team’s priority to ensure that this experience is a very positive one. They understand that there will be challenges along the way, but they see this as an unmissable opportunity to bring like-minded people together in the fight against Dementia. Not only is this an opportunity to raise vital funds, but it will be tremendously helpful in promoting their cause and raising awareness.

For further details visit Fight Dementia or download an information pack HERE

So if you are the adventurous type looking for a great challenge, combined with travelling to the African continent and being part of a great team whilst raising much needed funds for Dementia, then I fully recommend this wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You only live once!

 

 

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By 50 Shades, March 22, 2016 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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10 Comments
  • Melissa @ All Around Oz
    March 22, 2016

    What a great cause….my Mum has advanced Alzheimers so I know more money is needed to fund research. Plus what an amazing experience it would be to climb Kilimanjaro!

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2016

      Wouldn’t it be just the most incredible experience? I’m sorry to hear about your mum. It is a very debilitating disease that affects our elderly. It would be nice to find a cure. :)

  • raehilhorst
    March 22, 2016

    Great cause Kathy, I’m very fortunate our lives haven’t been touched yet. Though I feel it’s only a matter of time x

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2016

      I think we all need to keep a positive frame of mind and also keep ourselves active and never stop learning. I think this has been proven to keep dementia at bay. :)

  • Johanna
    March 23, 2016

    Great cause Kathy. Yes, dementia touches so many lives. It’s touched ours and it’s a horrid disease. We climbed Kilimanjaro in 1983 – I would love to do it again.

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2016

      Touch wood it hasn’t been on my side of the family, however my husband’s father had it. How fascinating that you climbed Kilimanjaro. Was it a difficult climb?

  • Art Partners
    March 23, 2016

    This sounds rather extraordinary. What a great cause, and a beautiful journey is involved for those who are able to get on board. Bravo for sharing Kathy!

    • Kathy
      March 23, 2016

      It would be a beautiful journey. I would really enjoy taking on such a challenge for such a worthy cause. Alas – not this year! Maybe some other time! :)

  • Life Images by Jill
    March 24, 2016

    What a wonderful cause and an amazing sense of achievement the participants will have. Yes, many of us have been touched by dementia in one way or another. There is no dignity in it. I recently heard someone talking about it, and this comment struck home – just because I won’t remember that you were here in 5 minutes or tomorrow, or what we talked about, doesn’t mean the time we had together wasn’t important.

    • Kathy
      March 24, 2016

      I couldn’t agree more Jill. It would be a once in a lifetime trip. I love your quote about dementia – beautifully said! :)

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