The 7th edition of Alzheimer's Night full of surprises and solidarity
The 7th edition of Alzheimer’s Night, held yesterday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, brought together the scientific community and society with the aim of giving voice to Alzheimer's prevention, treatment and research activities and raising awareness in society about the need to invest in research to advance in the fight against the disease and in the care of people with dementia.
After two editions celebrating Alzheimer's Night online, this year we have recovered the face-to-face format. The event brought together about 120 people and raised €28,000 that will be used to consolidate the Acehealth telemedicine platform.
Luz Casal performs live at Alzheimer's Night
This year’s edition has been full of humor, music and a lot of emotion. The big surprise of the night was the exclusive performance of Luz Casal, whose interpretation thrilled everyone present. The singer's voice has put the finishing touch to a magical night in which we have also enjoyed a very special performance of baroque music by Thor Jorgen and his viola da gamba. During the event, attendees enjoyed the humor and songs of Jordi LP, who added a touch of humor to a magical evening.
The Alzheimer's Night also featured the participation of the illustrator Pilarín Bayés, who surprised us all by creating, live and in a matter of minutes, an illustration that was later included in the charity raffle. In this way, the gala has served to highlight the importance of art and culture and the involvement of society as a whole to advance and find care for Alzheimer's disease.
Luxury guests for a magical night
Cristina Riba and Josep Puigbó have been, once again, the hosts of Alzheimer's Night, leading the gala in a magical and emotional way.
This year's edition was attended by well-known faces such as the actors Joan Pera, Joel Joan, and Cristina Brondo, the comedian Jordi LP, and the professional paddle tennis player, Lucía Sainz. In addition, we have had the opportunity to listen to the testimony of the actress Carme Elías, who explained how she received the news of her Alzheimer's disease and stressed the importance of giving visibility to the disease.
Institutional representatives were also present at the event, highlighting the research, diagnosis and support work of Ace Alzheimer Center Barcelona. The Minister of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Carlos Campuzano, echoed the importance of building strong alliances between the administration, business and civil society to address challenges such as Alzheimer's disease. Gemma Tarafa, Councilor for Health, Aging and Care of the Diputació de Barcelona, and Carme Bertral, Secretary of Primary Care and Participation of the Department of Health, also attended the event.
AceHealth; the project that unites technology and health
Once again, the funds raised during Alzheimer's Night will go to the AceHealth project, a telemedicine assistance platform that was born at a very complex time such as the Covid-19 pandemic, with the aim of guaranteeing Ace's diagnosis and assistance support to any person from anywhere.
Dr. Mercè Boada, neurologist, co-founder and medical director of Ace Alzheimer Center Barcelona, said during the event that "we are developing telemedicine that brings us closer to people who are isolated in terms of mobility or geographically, allowing us to reach further and more people, without leaving anyone behind".
The goal is now to go a step further and incorporate, in the AceHealth project, virtual reality and artificial intelligence in the therapeutic field and early detection of dementia.
Alzheimer's Night 2022 has been made possible thanks to the supportive entities that have collaborated: Telstar, Kern Pharma, La Vanguardia, Oliva Torras, Greenaltech, Nutricia and PeixaCasa.