World Alzheimer's Day

World Alzheimer's Day, 9/21/21. A day on which dementia receives extra attention worldwide. In Almere we are happy to join in with this, with a great program organized by the networks Dementia Almere and Colorful Almere. In the afternoon there will be a symposium for professionals with the theme “Dementia-friendly municipality”. The aim of this symposium is to connect professionals, exchange knowledge and continue to build our colorful dementia-friendly municipality together.
For informal carers who care for a loved one with dementia, there is the possibility to experience dementia themselves throughout the day, by means of virtual reality glasses. The goal of the virtual reality experience is to increase understanding for the loved one with dementia. This experience lasts 1 hour and takes place in a small group. You will be guided by a professional trainer from Into D'mentia and you will receive coffee or tea with a snack. It is made possible by Alzheimer Flevoland.

The symposium will take place in the town hall of Almere.

Sign up for the VR glasses (for carers): Experience living with dementia. – Mantelzorgplein Almere

Register for the symposium (for professionals):

Symposium Dementia-friendly municipality

Tuesday 21 September 2021, World Alzheimer's Day, Almere City Hall.
For professionals who deal with people with dementia and their loved ones
13.30 – 13.45 Reception by chairman Jerzy Soetekouw
13.45 – 14.30 Presentation by Julie Meerveld, Alzheimer Netherlands
14.30 – 14.45 Presentation by Gözde Duran, Windesheim University
14.45 – 15.00 Questions from the audience
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.00 Brainstorm in groups
16.00 – 16.30 Inventory results
16.30 – 17.00 Closing word by alderman Roelie Bosch
17.00 – 17.30 Drinks
A dementia-friendly municipality is actively committed to allowing people with dementia and their carers to participate in society for as long as possible. What is needed to become dementia-friendly as a municipality? We will address this question during this special afternoon, in which we receive two interesting speakers and talk to each other with a mixed group. More information about a dementia-friendly society:

To register:

Covenant signed

The Network Colorful Almere was officially established with the signing of the covenant by two aldermen and four representatives of the partners.

Zorggroep Almere, De Schoor, VMCA, municipality of Almere and Elaa signed a covenant on April 7 to commit to more appropriate care, welfare and support for elderly people with a migrant background. This happened during the online city conference Colorful Almere, where parties, elderly people with a migration background and other stakeholders, led by Mo Hersi, discussed what is needed for colorful care.

The online conference was opened by Mayor Franc Weerwind. Jerzy Soetekouw (VMCA), Bas Bonhof (Zorggroep Almere), AnneMarie Geneugelijk (De Schoor) and Fimke Wiersma (Elaa) signed the covenant with the aim of doing more for appropriate care, welfare and support for elderly people with a migrant background. Alderman for parent policy Roelie Bosch and alderman for Inclusion and Living with Care Froukje de Jonge also embrace the objective and signed on behalf of the municipality.

During the conference, films were shown of, among others, the Afghan-Dutch psychologist Marjam Elom who works with elderly people with a migrant background and Mavis Nelom, an elderly resident of Almere with a Surinamese-Dutch background. They both also participated in the conference.

Mavis Nelom welcomes all residents of Almere.
Psychologist Marjam Elom tells about her experiences with supporting older people with a migration background.

First City Conference

Wednesday afternoon, April 7, 2020, the first city conference 'Colourful Almere' was live online. We made plans for support for elderly migrants in Almere. These plans are the basis for the actions of the network 'Colourful Almere'. More than 100 citizens, volunteers and professionals made these plans together. You can see the result below.

Resultaat stadsconferentie Kleurrijk Almere - april 2021
Result city conference Colorful Almere – April 2021


Chairman of the day: Mo Hersi

13.30 hourOnline receipt
14.00 hourOpening
mayor Franc Weerwind, Mavis Nelom and Mo Hersi  
2.15 pmFestive presentation of the Colorful Almere covenant
Aldermen Roelie Bosch and Froukje de Jonge with AnneMarie Geneugelijk, Bas Bonhof, Fimke Wiersma and Jerzy Soetekouw.  
2.30 pmColorful Almere in pictures
Film with Marjam Emal, Mavis Nelom, Safeen Qaseem and Radi Mahyou; presentation by Koos Bartels.  
15.10 hourPause  
3.20 pmBrainstorm in pleasant company (part I) *
Collect ideas  
3.50 pmPause  
16.00 hourBrainstorm in pleasant company (part II) *
Group and prioritize ideas  
16.30 hourConference
Mo Hersi  
16.45 hour

5:00 pm
Visual report of the results **
Mo Hersi and Betina van Meter

* Ada van Gent, AnneMarie Geneugelijk, Bas Bonhof, Bebbie Snoek, Evert van der Veen, Jerzy Soetekouw, Johan Bouwmeester, Johan Kievits, Marcel Kolder and Nione Imanuel led the brainstorming sessions. Ha Duong and Koos Bartels visited the break-out rooms as a flying keep.

** Betina van Meter drew the conference report.

en_GBEnglish (UK)