Raising Awareness of Dementia

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with it accounting for 90% of cases. Did you know that around the world, someone is diagnosed with dementia every THREE seconds?

By 2050, an estimated 131 million people will be suffering with the disease.

That’s why we need to raise awareness of the disease; about its impact and how we can treat and prevent it.

Every year there is a theme.

The theme for this year is a campaign called Remember Me to encourage people to remember family, friends or loved ones who are living with dementia or who may have passed away after living with the disease.

To do this, you will need to submit a photo or message about that person. Alternatively, you can share your message or photo on social media using the hashtags #RememberMe or #WAM2016.

You can also raise general awareness of the disease by sharing the materials provided by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

What are the early warning signs of dementia?

  • General memory loss that affects every day life – such as completing simple or familiar tasks;
  • Misplacing items;
  • Confusion with days, time or locations;
  • Withdrawal from hobbies, work or other leisure activities;
  • Changes in mood and personality.

21st September is also World Alzheimer’s Day. Get involved with the conversations on social media by using the hashtag #WAM2016.

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