World Alzheimer’s Day 2020
As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, World Alzheimer’s Day on 21st September is an international campaign to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions. It is the most common form of dementia that is characterised by loss of memory and other essential cognitive abilities that are serious enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life.
Studies highlight that an average of 2 out of 3 people have little or no understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementia. Most people think that this disease is a normal part of ageing, because the majority of Alzheimer’s patients are 65 years or older. However, the disease cannot be classified as a disease of the elderly, as there are many under the age of 65 suffering from disease.
World Alzheimer’s Day and month calls for urgent global action to bring people and organisations together in joining efforts to overcome the stigmatisation and lack of information surrounding dementia and help people live well.