World Alzheimer’s Day, 21st September 2019
Raising awareness and challenging stigma
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21st September each year. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem. World Alzheimer’s Month unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and families, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all around the world.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions. It is the most common form of dementia that generalizes memory loss and loss of other essential cognitive abilities that are serious enough to impact upon an individual’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other causes include vascular disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia.
Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Dementia is a serious health issue which has serious implications on services and health systems. Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries. There is one new case of dementia worldwide every three seconds and there is currently no cure for the disease. Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficultly performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality.
Dementia is often hidden away, not spoken about, or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family carers 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:
- Dehumanisation of the person with dementia
- Strain within families and friendships
- A lack of sufficient care for people with dementia and their carers
- A lower rate of diagnosis of dementia
- Delayed diagnosis and support
Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (GADS) is fully committed to raising awareness and better understanding of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and offers support, information and guidance to people living with dementia in Gibraltar.
Join GADS Memory Walks every Wednesday in September (4th, 11th, 18th & 25th) starting @ 6.30pm from Commonwealth Park.
Further information can be found on: www.dementiafrends.gi