Youth Dementia Activists
YDA is an outreach volunteer program designed to encourage the youth of Bangladesh to support the cause of dementia. Our aim is to train and develop young leaders to embrace their activism journey in order to change attitudes towards dementia and build knowledge and skills in dementia care.
We are working towards these sustainable development goals through our YDA program.
Rahman R Jilani (Ph.D, DSW)
Executive Chairman, Sir William Beveridge Foundation
What do our leaders have to say?
“Youth Dementia Activists is a major project to raise awareness for dementia across Bangladesh and I believe this will be a huge milestone for the Foundation. I pray for all the young talents globally who are willing to participate in our volunteer programme and contribute their precious time for humanity.”
“Dementia is a hidden time bomb not just in Bangladesh but across the world.”
"We have not forgotten you"
“Through Youth Dementia Activists, I aspire to nurture the young leaders of today, who will soon become the face of tomorrow in our fight against dementia. Dementia is a global public health crisis, yet in countries such as Bangladesh, it is still being referred to as the “mad man’s disease”. This stigma is what prevents families from seeking medical care and bringing their loved ones out to public. For me, YDA is about bringing my dream and vision come to life, but it is also about letting the world know that we have not forgotten those are living with dementia and will continue to advocate for them.”
Aaliya Syeda (UWC)
Founder of Youth Dementia Activists
Major General Jiban Kanai Das (Retd.)
Country Director, Sir William Beveridge Foundation
"Our aim is to put a smile on the face of a vulnerable elderly person who is living with dementia."
The issues related to dementia care are quite complex and new in our society. Having patience, perseverance and a sincere approach are very much essential in combatting them. It needs no mention that each case at some point of time may present a different challenge and that caregivers need to be alive to tend to that. However we cannot only rely on them to take care of a loved one with dementia.
Read the stories of the people living with dementia in our communities and of our young activists who are striving to make them heard.
My Grandmother and I
A Grandmother or Nani plays a pivotal role in a child’s life. From saving them from their mother’s scolding to sneaking…
Mrs. Rehana Sums
Mrs. Rehana Sums, 63 Years is a suspected case of Dementia. Now, she is receiving care service at home, she is seen…
Mrs. Shamsun 94 years old is suffering from Dementia. She is taking Home care service for several years. In the top, she is seen…
What We Do
We engage in various activities in order to raise awareness in our communities. Some examples of our actions:
What YDA Say
Hear from our dedicated volunteers on what they have to say about their experiences as Youth Dementia Activists.
“I am so proud and privileged to become a part of Youth Dementia Activists. The best thing I found here is how it brings together two generations so harmoniously.”
Name: s Manab
“Creating a better place for people with dementia and not just for them it’s all with the unity that we hold together. It will inspire me and many people around me for a better environment for humanity.”
name: Tashfia Zaman
“Exploring my surrounding, getting to know more people, learning something for my personal as well as society’s growth. The YDA is the perfect platform providing the opportunity to its utmost.”
Name: Ainun Jaria Obanti
Meet Dementia Specialist
Meet our national and international dementia experts who are supporting us to empower our society together.
Ms Aaliya Syeda, Singapore
Founder of YDA
Dr. M Sakel, UK
Global Ambassador, SWBF
Karen Saunders, UK
Global Neuro-Therapy Advisor
YDA Volunteers Team
Meet our national and international Youth Dementia Activists who are supporting us to create dementia awareness across Bangladesh.
Naima Binte Kabir
MD Rahmat Ali
Redwan Uz Zaman
Eshath Mowla Refah
Ainun Jaria Obanti
Humayra Bintha Haque