September of 2020 will mark the 9th year of World Alzheimer’s Month hosted by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI). The goal of World Alzheimer’s Month is to raise awareness about dementia globally and the stigmas that surround it.
As stated on the website, “2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.” Therefore, World Alzheimer’s Month is so important. By having a month to talk about and learn about dementia, we can help people all over the globe understand what dementia is and the struggles that come along with it.
“Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the umbrella organization of over 100 Alzheimer associations around the globe. We aim to help establish and strengthen associations around the world and to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia. ADI works locally, by empowering national Alzheimer associations to promote and offer support to people with dementia and their care partners, and globally to focus attention on the epidemic and campaign for policy change from governments and the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom ADI has had consultative status since 2012.”
Facts Provided By ADI:
- Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia
- The number of people living with dementia around the world is over 50 million, which is expected to almost double every 20 years
- The global cost of dementia is over one trillion US dollars annually
- Dementia is now widely recognized as one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century
The Theme of this year's World Alzheimer’s Month is “Let's talk about dementia.” Many people have experienced dementia with an older, loved one. This month is all about sharing experiences and learning more about what dementia is.
The first way to get involved is by starting conversations. Whether it is talking about your own experience with dementia with an older relative or asking a friend about how dementia has impacted their family. Starting conversations allows us to grow and learn.
The ADI also has a webpage so you can find a way to get involved in your specific country. By visiting the Alzheimer's Disease International website, you can find so many resources and ways to get involved in your community.
Let’s start conversations and make a difference.
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