The 21st of September is World Alzheimer’s Day.1 Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of progressive dementia and occurs in elderly and middle aged people. The most striking feature of the disease is the progressive loss of cognitive abilities. This affects memory, the capability to solve tasks, and it can induce behavioral and emotional changes. This not only affects the lives of those with Alzheimer’s but also the lives of their families and loved ones.2 Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but even as you read this, researchers all over the world are working out new ways to develop novel treatments to reduce symptoms.
Someone in the world has developed dementia
by the time you finish reading this sentence
Alzheimer’s does not distinguish between gender, ethnicity, or social class. With an increasing average age of life expectancy, Alzheimer’s numbers rise every year. Today 46 million people live with dementia, and this number is expected to reach 74.7 million by 2030.1 This is one of the many reasons why we should care about Alzheimer’s disease.
Aside from staying informed about Alzheimer’s and dementia, here’s what you can do to help raise awareness:
- Inspire our communities to take part in Alzheimer’s research
- Communicate to policy makers the importance of funding Alzheimer’s research and funding programs for treatment, care, and risk-reduction
- Take part in local events
- Keep the importance of health literacy and patient education in mind when communicating about Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Support the World Alzheimer’s Month campaign by visiting their website and using the hashtags #RememberMe and #WAM2016
- Alzheimer’s Disease International. World Alzheimer’s Day 2016. Accessed September 2016 at: https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month
- Alzheimer’s Disease International. World Alzheimer’s Report 2015. Accessed September 2016 at: https://www.worldalzreport2015.org/
- Alzheimer’s Disease International. About Dementia. Accessed September 2016 at: http://www.worldalzmonth.org/en/about-dementia