September is marked the global World
Alzheimer's Month with World Alzheimer's Day being celebrated every year on 21st
of September from 1994.
disease is named after the neurologist Alois Alzheimer who first identified the
disease in 1906. The observance of Alzheimer's day is an international campaign
to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease
and reduce the stigma associated with it. It also suggests the need for more
education, support and research about Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the
most common form of dementia
among older adults. Dementia
is a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. It involves parts of
the thought process, memory and language, and can seriously affect a person's
ability to carry out daily activities. Scientists do not know the exact cause
of Alzheimer's disease, but it is believed to develop as a result of multiple
factors rather than a single cause.
to the World Health Organization (WHO), 35.6
million people have Alzheimer's disease and dementia worldwide. About every 68
seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease. Majority of people with dementia
live in low and middle-income countries. The direct health care expenditures of
dementia are significantly higher than cancer
disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 across the world that
cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
disease is often called a family disease because the stress of watching a loved
one slowly decline affects everyone. A co-ordinated approach involving public
and private partners is needed to address Alzheimer's disease
its devastating effects on individuals, families and the health care system.
The theme for World Alzheimer's Month
2013 is 'Dementia: a journey of caring
'. Alzheimer associations across the world will focus their
activities on the care required by people with dementia throughout
the course of the condition. Worldwide, a wide range of activities have been
lined up during the month, including educational seminars, workshops, quiz
events, and walks for people with dementia and their care-takers.
As part of World Alzheimer's Month, the
Alzheimer's Disease International will also launch the World Alzheimer Report 2013
, which provides the most comprehensive
global picture on a range of dementia-related issues. The report highlights the
effects dementia has on the global economy and the true impact dementia has on
our societies and health care systems
This year, the report focuses on the continuum of care.
Thus, with better planning and strategies, the victims
and caregivers can be helped to respond more positively to the disease.