World Alzheimer’s Month – Remember Me!

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World Alzheimer’s Month – www.worldalzmonth.org

September is World Alzheimer’s Month!

September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2015 is Remember Me. We’re encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.

The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.

Dementia: The Facts

  • Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion.
  • Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficultly performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality. View the early symptoms.
  • There is currently no cure for dementia, but a range of support is available for people with dementia and their careers.
  • Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia.
  • There are currently estimated to be 44 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 135 million by 2050.
  • There is one new case of dementia worldwide every four seconds.
  • The worldwide costs of dementia exceeded 1% of global GDP in 2010, at US$604 billion. As a result, if dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy. If it were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Wal-Mart (US$414 billion) and Exxon Mobil (US$311 billion).

Dementia is often hidden away, not spoken about, or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family careers are most in need of support within their families, friendship groups and communities.

The social stigma is the consequence of a lack of knowledge about dementia and it can have numerous long- and short-term effects, including:

  • Dehumanization of the person with dementia
  • Strain within families and friendships
  • A lack of sufficient care for people with dementia and their careers
  • A lower rate of diagnosis of dementia
  • Delayed diagnosis and support

The stigmatization of dementia is a global problem and it is clear that the less we talk about dementia, the more the stigma will grow. This World Alzheimer’s Month we encourage you to find out more and play your part in reducing the stigma and improving the lives of people with dementia and their careers in your community.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Retired2Travel
    Sep 10, 2015 @ 07:20:47

    I am very much aware of this ‘silent thief’ who robs beautiful people of not only their essence but also their soul. Sadly, I lost my mother to it!

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  2. Camp That Site
    Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:24:56

    We are struggling and wadi g our way through this with family right now. I will mark this post for continual referance. Thanks

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  3. inesephoto
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 17:15:01

    My Mom was sick five years, at home. So sorry for your father, it is traumatizing to see them deteriorate, especially mentally. Focus on your own mental health, find little tricks to keep yourself sane. You cannot do anything to help your father except making him comfortable. Never blame yourself: taking care of your parent suffering dementia is more than many people can bear. Don’t be shy to delegate your tasks to others – I had great friends who just came and did things for me without asking, God bless them.

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