World Alzheimer’s Month

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health

World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) was created 6 years ago in September 2012 and encompasses World Alzheimer’s Day which is on the 21st September each year. WAM gives Alzheimer associations across the globe the platform to gain “recognition and credibility” for the work they do.

This, in turn, will put them in a better position to lobby governments and influence opinion leaders, ultimately meaning their voice will be louder. Since its inception in 2012, the awareness month has been expanding, with more and more countries participating and grabbing the opportunity to talk to a switched on global audience.

What is the aim of World Alzheimer’s Month?

WAM aims to “unite opinion leaders, people with dementia, caregivers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all over the globe.”

You can raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Month by using the hashtags #WAM2017 and #RememberMe on social media

WAM is all about participation, so if you would like to get involved you can download important resources from the World Alzheimer’s Month website. You can also use social media to maximize the exposure of World Alzheimer’s month by using the hashtags #WAM2018 and #RememberMe.

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But what is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.” The disease was first described by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, where he identified an unusual disease of the cerebral cortex.

The NHS defines Dementia as “a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions including memory”, however, people have struggled to find the exact cause of Alzheimer’s. With this being said, the NHS have listed out high-risk categories for people who could get Alzheimer’s:

  • Increasing age
  • A family history of Alzheimer’s
  • Previous serious head injuries
  • Lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease.

What are the signs and symptoms you should look out for?

Signs of Alzheimer’s will progress as the disease progresses. When the onset of Alzheimer’s starts it is likely the only sign will be mild memory loss. This is nothing that out of the ordinary, especially if it is someone of the older generation.

However, as the disease progresses more symptoms will develop and they will become more severe. It is important everyone educates themselves on the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s as with most diseases, early diagnosis and fast action can give you the best chance to be able to prepare and plan for the future.

The NHS set out on their page, this list of the signs and symptoms that can develop if someone has Alzheimer’s:

  • Confusion, disorientation and getting lost in familiar places
  • Difficulty planning or making decisions
  • Problems with speech and language
  • Problems moving around without assistance or performance of self-care tasks
  • Personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding and suspicious of others
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Low mood or anxiety

If you would like any more information on Alzheimer’s then please visit the NHS website.

What are the facts surrounding Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

  1. Alzheimer’s affects an estimated 850,000 people in the UK.
  2. Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops Dementia.
  3. 131.5 million people will be living with dementia across the globe by 2050, with 68% of those people coming from low to middle-income countries.
  4. 2 out of 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.
  5. Up to the age of 65, 1 out of 1000 people will develop dementia.
  6. Past the age of 65, 1 in 20 people will develop dementia.
  7. Over the age of 80, 1 in 5 will develop dementia.
  8. Global dementia care costs $818 billion.

 


 

References

  1. About World Alzheimer’s Month
  2. Alzheimer’s website 
  3. NHS: About Alzheimer’s
  4. The facts – World Alzheimer’s Month 
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