World Alzheimer’s Day is held on September 21st of each year. It’s a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.
Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease because of the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical to our families than ever.
Alzheimer’s disease is the cleverest thief because she not only steals from you, but she steals the very thing you need to remember what’s been stolen. – Jarod Kintz
Millions of families struggle with challenges due to Alzheimer’s disease. The world lights up purple on World Alzheimer’s day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia/Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). So because of this, organizations around the world come together on this day to support finding a cure for this sorrowful disease.
Originally, this day is part of World Alzheimer’s Month, where organizations coordinate to create global messages about dementia for the media, key stakeholders, and policymakers. The decision to introduce the full month was made to enable national and local Alzheimer associations worldwide to extend the reach of their awareness programs and events. For instance, organizations like thepurpleelephant.com light up city buildings in Toronto, Niagara, Chicago, New Orleans, and Vancouver in the color purple to enact this day. For the month celebration, these organizations come together to create themes of conversation to help others recognize the effect of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The day however was launched in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) association, which empowers other organizations with research and updated knowledge about Alzheimer’s and dementia. ADI is the international federation of Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. It holds international conferences and holds the Alzheimer University, a series of practical workshops to help staff and volunteers. This is all made to help educate people about the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia and what people can do about it. Because essentially, these issues, especially among the elderly can no longer be ignored.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions. Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms. No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.
- Half of adults over 85 have Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th-leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Symptoms of the disease can develop in people as young as age 30.
- More than half of the 5.4 million Americans with the disease may not know they have it.
- More women have Alzheimer’s than men.
- The incidence of Alzheimer’s will increase to every 33 seconds by 2050.
- There are over 16 million American caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.