World Alzheimer Day 2020
The 21st of September each year marks the World Alzheimer’s Day. This day represents the international campaign to raise awareness and highlight problems faced by people affected by dementia. It is an opportunity for people and organizations to demonstrate how we can cooperate to help people with dementia live well. Globally, nearly 50 million people are living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative type of brain disease, which means it worsens by time. Alzheimer’s disease is thought to begin 20 years or more before symptoms arise. Only after years of brain changes do individuals start to experience noticeable symptoms such as memory loss and language problems. Symptoms occur as nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain involved in thinking, learning, and memory (cognitive function) have been damaged or destroyed. Eventually, neurons in parts of the brain controlling basic bodily functions, such as walking and swallowing, are affected. Individuals become bed-bound and require around-the-clock care. Alzheimer’s disease is officially listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, it is the fifth-leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
Source: 1. Alzheimer’s Society. World Alzheimer’s Month, 2020, https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/world-alzheimers-month. Accessed 21 Sept 2020.
2. Alzheimer’s Organization. 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts And Figures, 2020, https://www.alz.org/media/Documents/alzheimers-facts-and-figures.pdf. Accessed 21 Sept 2020.