September is World Alzheimer’s Month

By September 3, 2014Archives

Each September, people around the world observe World Alzheimer’s Month. The month-long recognition was officially launched back in September 2012 and its purpose was – and always will be – to enable national and local Alzheimer associations on a worldwide platform. Through these efforts, sponsors are able to extend the reach of awareness over a longer period of time.

Goals of World Alzheimer’s Month
Alzheimer’s Month gives people an opportunity to come together as one. From all corners of the globe, this 30-day recognition unites leaders, people with dementia, senior caregivers, family members, medical professionals, researchers and the media from.

By recognizing an annual awareness Month and Day sends a strong message to our elected officials and policy makers. Those in power need to understand dementia is a serious health issue that will have serious implications on services and health systems around the world.

Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults.
  • Particular areas of the brain affected by the disease are the ones thought to control thought, memory, and language and can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
  • The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, with the most diagnoses among people who are over the age of 65. However, people under that age can also develop Alzheimer’s.
  • Though we do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease, scientists agree the disease develops as a result of multiple factors, not a singular cause.
  • Since we can’t yet cure Alzheimer’s, time is best spent on keeping the symptoms at bay. It is thought that seniors can decrease their chances of developing Alzheimer’s via methods like proper nutrition, routine exercise, and overall physical fitness.
  • According to the World Health Organization, 35.6 million people around the world are currently suffering with some form of dementia.
  • More than half (58%) of the 3.6 million Alzheimer’s patients live in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The number of seniors with dementia – particularly those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – is projected to almost double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.

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