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Conference organized for support of caregivers of Alzheimer's disease

  • Nov 26, 2018

Continuing with the activities of the Network in the area of support and assistance to the families of people with dementia, the social partners Volunteer Service "Zvezdara", "Hleb Života" and "Okrilje" on Tuesday, November 20th. in Zvezdara, organized an education conference on the topic "Helping caregivers of Alzheimer's disease".
The lecturer was Dr. Ljubica Vidic, psychiatrist of the Institute for Mental Health and president of the Association for Helping the Elderly with Mental Disorders DESTIGMA.
The conference was intended intended for both professionals and families with caregivers of those with dementia. In the first part, dr. Vidic presented in a simple way the basic information about the early symptoms, types and treatment of this vicious disease. With a special emphasis on what we can do to reduce the potential risk of developing dementia (protecting emotionally your heart, physical activity, brain exercise, proper nutrition, social activity…).
The second part of the lecture provided space and opportunity for direct communication between family members, and Dr. Vidic. Family members asked specific questions, expressed their feelings from the caregiver's point of view, dilemmas about how to react, that is, in a specific situation.
They received specific answers, advice for specific situations. It was extremely important and useful for family members and they spontaneously expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to learn more, not hiding their emotions.
All participants received appropriate information material and symbolic gifts in the form of magnets with hopeful messages about aging.

A meal organized for a "Home Care" beneficiaries

  • Nov 01, 2018

On October 30, 2018, a lunch was organized for the beneficiaries of the "Home Care" programme, among whom were those who have been helped by the Bread of Life since the period of exile in former Yugoslavia.
The lunch was prepared and served with much love by the workers of the Bread of Life, who also take care of the beneficiaries.
On behalf of the hosts, the guests were welcomed and greeted by Snežana Šarić, social worker of the Bread of Life.
For this occasion, the ensemble of the club "Warm Corner" prepared a program in two parts. In the first part, a singing and folklore group presented their songs. The drama section presented their act with several jokes and recitations.
Several members of the folklore group had a notable solo performance. After the lunch, event continued with cakes, juices, music and song. Soloists played many songs for everyone and when the mood reached its peak - at the request of the users and also together with them - the song went one for a lot longer. The guests didn't want to leave, they were very pleased with the event. They sat in a good mood and sang. But, time passed, the guests were still tired and, parting from the event was inevitable.
Before parting, each user received a nice gift - a cover in the patchwork technique, which were made at creative workshops in America. They were made by our guests' peers.
At the farewell, one user said: “We don't have enough nice words to express our satisfaction with everything that has been prepared for us today. We haven't left the house in a long time, this was a big holiday for us. Thank you for taking care of us. "

Bread of Life at the forum "Existing program of support and assistance to families suffering from dementia"

  • Oct 28, 2018

On Monday, October 22, in the Assembly Hall of the City Municipality of Zvezdara, a panel discussion was held on the topic "Existing program of support and assistance to families with dementia."
This panel is a continuation of the activities of our partners and network Volunteer Service "Zvezdare", "Bread of Life" and the Association "Okrilje", who have much experience in direct work with the families of people with dementia.
The gathering was intended for professionals dealing with dementia, but also for patients and their family members, associations and everyone who wants to be informed about this disease, symptoms, everyday problems and obstacles that families face.
These activities of the informal network were carried out since September 21, at the Volunteer Service Center of Zvezdara and "Bread of Life". In addition to the elderly citizens from Zvezdara and other Belgrade municipalities, representatives of over 20 families with dementia, representatives of the city municipalities of Zvezdara and Vracar, the Gerontological Society of Serbia, social protection institutions: City Center for Social Work in Belgrade - municipal departments, Gerontology Center Belgrade, Shelters for adults and the elderly, health care institutions: Institute of Mental Health, City Institute of Public Health - Office of Elderly Health, and the Institute of Gerontology and Palliative Care, professors, assistants and students: Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Political Science, the College of Social Work and the Faculty of Communication and Media, the Humanas Network, the Red Cross of Belgrade and Serbia, journalists and volunteers of the Volunteer Service and the Bread of Life - have all participated in the forum.
Experts with experience in work with the elderly, especially with the problems of dementia, namely: Dr. Brankica Jankovic, professor Dr Aleksandra Milicevic Kalasic, Dr Dragana Trifunovic Balanovic, Jasmina Tosic, Dr Irena Dzeletovic Milosevic, Ms. Nadežda Satarić, Dr Rada Popović and Ms Radmila Urošević.

The most important conclusions of the event (the order of their listing does not mean the degree of their importance) are:

  • In every way, it is necessary to strengthen all the capacities of the Centers for social work, in the field of protection and support of those suffering from dementia.
  • It is necessary to systematically solve the chronic problem of supply of diapers for patients, that the families should receive at the expense of the health fund,
  • It is necessary to develop at the local level services (in public and private sector) as well as models of immediate social care of informal helpers for the socially vulnerable and marginalized individuals and families as support in their daily functioning, according to the model / example of good practice of the Zvezdara Volunteer Service.
  • It is necessary to strengthen partnerships and networks of the public, private and civil sectors as they can be real resource in improving assistance and support to carers - family members of patients who have some form of dementia , in order to prevent or address their burnout syndrome.
  • It is necessary to design a program of continuous education, which should include all individuals who come into contact with patients, in order to provide support to families, but also to help in prevention of dementia at an early age and to add important knowledge in recognizing early symptoms and a number of later symptoms of dementia.
  • Existence of day care centers for demented individuals, which didn't exist until recently - have significantly helped the patients and have adided them in preservation in their capacities, and have even more helped the families who take care of patients or have taken care of for a long time.
  • The Ministries responsible for these issues : The Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Health, should pay special attention to these patients in their strategic documents, the patients of dementia and to their families. It is especially important to develop recommendations and / or protocols on the actions and help that volunteers / informal helpers provide in support of patients at home and other support that they offer, in order to define and outline ways and limits, of support and thus minimize the objective risks for all participants in this process.
  • Urgent procedures are especially needed in procedures when professionals and / or volunteers register new demented individual living all alone without family care or support.
  • It is important to develop and create a list of active programs focused on preventive activities through programs of active participation, socialization, personal skills development and education, which best prevent loneliness, depression and dementia in the long run, which will then reduce the pressure and the weight that this problem imposes on social and health funds. Develop aid groups and self-help groups with the mentoring support of professionals who would develop and monitor their work.

Visit to the Shelter for the Adults and the Elderly

  • Oct 18, 2018

One of the activities performed, on the month designated for honoring the elderly, on October 18, seniors of the club "Warm Corner" visited the beneficiaries of the Shelter for the Adults and the Elderly in Belgrade.
For this occasion, a rich program was prepared and performed by: a folklore ensemble, a group of singers, solo singers and the drama section of the Bread of Life.
On that day, we made the beneficiaries of the Elderly shelter very happy, who then conveyed the thankfulness to the seniors from the "Warm Corner" and have made the their day. It was encouraging to see a smile on the sad faces.
After the program, together with the beneficiaries, in the yard of the Shelter, with coffee and sweets, songs were sung according to their desires. The repertoire included songs from Serbia and Dalmatia.
It was this wonderful gathering that will be repeated soon to the mutual joy of all who participated.

Bread of Life received a license for the service "Home Care"

  • June 15, 2018

Bread of Life has been helping marginalized groups through humanitarian and social projects since its founding in 1992, and within the current projects it is helping, among others, the elderly poor as well.

This year, on June 12, Bread of Life received a license. No. 399 for the provision of home care services for the adults and the elderly. It received this licence from the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs.

The obtained license is of key importance for the further development of the project "Caring for the Elderly" and services "Home Care", as well as a milestone for future work and the formation of an even stronger network for working with other institutions regarding the problem of dementia.

Change of work address of the Bread of Life

  • Macrh 16, 2018

Dear friends and business associates, we would like to inform you that Bread of Life has changed the address of its business premises. The new offices and the Seniors Club were moved to the address Požarevačka 53, apartment 3, municipality of Vračar. We have moved from the old address Prote Mateje 41. Sincerely, Bread of Life

Termination of the Second hand shop of the Bread of Life

  • Jan 24, 2018

Dear friends and associates, we would like to inform you that on January 24, 2018, we have stopped working in our business - Second hand shop. The store was closed, at 41 Prote Mateje Street, and was not moved to another location. In the future, Bread of Life will continues with its humanitarian and social projects to help elderly poor fellow citizens and in the education of Roma children.

Interactive workshop "Recycling of memories and recollections"

  • June 07, 2017

The workshop "Recycling of Memories" was held in the premises of the "Bread of Life", led by Radmila Pečija Urošević, MA, sociologist.
The workshop was well visited, with over 30 participants, of "Warm Corner" club who have remembered old customs "Grandmas Weekend luch, Work weeks, and Youth championships". The Memories and recollections make up the wealth of our lives. There are both beautiful and difficult memories in our lives. We create memories and recollections ourselves.
Some of the messages of the workshop were:
Remember everything, do not forget the moments of joy and sorrow, laughter and crying, because all that makes up life. Without them, a man would not be complete ...
A man who has renounced his past and forgotten it, renounces himself…

” One should bear only as much as one could bear ”- Remark

Two teams of "Bread of Life" participated in the fun event "Docolijada"

  • June 10, 2017

The fifth organized event, the "Dorćolijada" of sports, health and culture, in the third age, organized in 2017 under the motto "In a healthy body - a healthy spirit". Was organized by the association "Dorćolijada" with the support of the Association of Pensioners of Serbia, the Third Age Movement of Serbia, the Republika Srpska Representation in Belgrade, the Association of Pensioners Belgrade, the City Municipality of Stari Grad, numerous sports federations, associations of pensioners and many others.
This sports and recreational competition gathered over 200 participants who in the third age and over 50 young people within the Intergenerational Cooperation. Within the sports competition, sports disciplines adapted to those in the third age were organized as follows: Darts, Football - penalties for small goals, Basketball - free throwing of the ball into the basket, Bowling and chess. Two teams of the "Bread of Life" participated in this event in all disciplines.
This was a good occasion for seniors from "Bread of Life" to gain new acquaintances, deepen friendships and exchange experiences with other participants of the "Dorćolijada" event.
The event is being developed in resemblance to the preparations for the Olympic games and sports competitions, health and culture in the third age, which will be held in the fall in Vrnjačka Banja with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Youth of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Campaign “Thank you mom!” and “Thank you dad!”

  • June 01, 2017

On this occasion, on June 1, the International Parents' Day, "Bread of Life" provided a donation in the form of baby packages (baby equipment, hygiene packages…etc.) The goal of the campaign was to promote the value of parenthood.
Several associations dealing with this issue participated in the campaign: "Family Care Center", "Baby Center", "Survival" Association, "Family Protection Center" and "Help the family".
These associations form the "Alliance for Life" network. We were invited to join them. By supporting this event and contributing to it, the Bread of Life has made a modest contribution to this important area, for the intergenerational cooperation and solidarity.

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