- World Alzheimer's Day 2016 is celebrated on
September 21st to raise awareness about Alzheimer's
- The theme for The World Alzheimer's Day 2016 is
- It is a time to reflect on the struggles of
people with Alzheimer's and to remember to include them in mainstream life.
World Alzheimer's Day is celebrated to raise
awareness about Alzheimer's disease
, Though, over the
years the awareness about this disease has increased, there is continued
misconception about dementia
problems faced by the patients.
World Alzheimer's Day is organized by Alzheimer's
Disease International, which consists of 85 organization dedicated to
Alzheimer's disease from across the world. September 21st
as World Alzheimer's Day to coincide with the 10th
Alzheimer's Disease International on September 21st
1994 with the
whole of September month dedicated to Alzheimer's.
‘‘Remember Me’ is the theme for World Alzheimer’s day 2016’
for World Alzheimer's Day 2016:
The theme for World Alzheimer's day 2016 is
'Remember Me' and is aimed at reflecting on the loss of memory
associated with the disease and
the stigma still practiced. People who are affected with Alzheimer's are often
isolated from the rest of the society as people tend to believe that the
patient no longer remembers or recognizes them. This leads to further isolation
of the patient with feelings of abandonment, loneliness and an inability to ask
for help when the need arises. The theme of 'Remember Me' is a message for
people to remember the patient who once served a big purpose in their life but
is currently suffering from dementia. There should be a conscious effort to
include them in activities which help them to feel included and which would aid
them in slowing progression of the disease.
Hard-Hitting Statistics about Alzheimer's
Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
- It is no longer a disease solely associated with developed
- Some one develops Alzheimer's disease every 68
- Most people believe that there is no detailed
understanding about Alzheimer's in their country
million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer's.
- By 2050, 16 million people in the US will live with Alzheimer's
2050, 131.5 million people across the world will live with dementia, out of
which 68% will live in developing nations.
- Every 3 seconds
someone in the world develops dementia.
The symptoms of the disease condition start
with a mild condition with the progression that can lead to the death of cells,
disrupting normal life and increasing dependency.
Helping and Caring for People with Alzheimer's
- Memory Loss: This is the well known symptom of the disease
and begins with an initial confusion to more severe memory loss like forgetting
where everyday items like car keys are placed. Though losing car keys can
happen to anyone, the frequency of forgetfulness is stronger with a persisting
- Inability to follow simple instructions:
Cooking meals which may have been a normal activity may no longer be possible
due to an inability to follow cooking recipes.
- Inability to
recollect people's names or how they may be
- Considerable change in the mood, which could
range from being very sweet to rage for no apparent
- Drawing into a shell with no interest to undertake
- Inability to use the right words or use
the right terms
Here are some tips to help people with Alzheimer's
with the changes and to help them lead a respectful and a good quality of life.
- Speak to the individual with love and look at them in the eye. It
should never be strict instructions that are shouted across the shoulder, but
should be simple suggestions that are given to them using the right tone and
with the right body language.
- Never try to argue as mood
swings and confusion are symptoms of the condition. Instead engage them with an
activity like a small snack or even a walk in the park.
- Make a conscious effort to bring the individual to sit
with the family for meals, they might forget how to use a spoon or might spill
the food they eat, but feeling loved will aid in delaying the progression of
- Never use negative comments against them,
instead be positive and let them feel that there is help when they need it.
Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease
that begins with mild symptoms and progresses. The progression of the disease
can be limited to a certain extent by exercising, being active, getting
involved in social activities and solving mind puzzles
It is important to remember that the person
suffering from Alzheimer's disease once played a pivotal role and that their
present condition should not lead to their isolation from society. Their
inability to remember you or to argue with you is a symptom of their disease
condition and so, concerted efforts should be taken to provide them with a
This World Alzheimer's Day 2016 is a time to
'Remember Me', a time to remember to visit your loved one with Alzheimer's, a
time to remember to include them in activities and a time to remember the
memories they left behind.
- World Alzheimer's Month - (https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month/about)
- Health Days 2016 - (http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/HealthAwareness/healthDay/2016/Pages/HealthDay-2016-09-21.aspx)
- Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
- Alzheimer's Disease - (http://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/alzheimers-disease.htm)
- Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
- World Alzheimer Day - (https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/world-alzheimers-day/)