World Alzheimers Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

By the end of this year, there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2025, it is estimated that this figure will have grown to 1 million.

Dementia currently costs the UK £26 billion a year. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK £11 billion a year.”

Alzheimer’s Society

 

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Its aim is to raise awareness of the disease and challenge the stigma surrounding it. World Alzheimer Month is an international campaign that is now in its fourth year. Each year Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) announces a central theme for the month, which is this year, “Remember Me.” The idea behind this theme is to encourage people to learn how to identify signs of dementia, while also remembering those who are living with dementia or who have passed away.

 

Throughout the month, specialists in the area of alzheimers, the media and people who live with the illness, along with their carers and families come together to spread key messages about alzheimers. These messages help people to realise how serious a condition alzheimers is, along with what this means for a world with a growing ageing population. In addition, changing the theme each year ensures a broad range of issues surrounding alzheimers are addressed, which in turn helps to challenge any misconceptions and alleviate the stigma.

 

World Alzheimer’s Day marks the pinnacle of the month and takes place on 21st September. It provides organisations and associations who are dealing with alzheimers every day with a platform to communicate important messages and influence governments and other powerful institutions.

Want To Get Involved?

 

You can help spread the word about World Alzheimer’s Month by sharing information on social media platforms and using the hashtag #WAM2015, or distributing information about the condition within your local communities and places of work.

 

You can also organise events in your area. Alzheimer’s awareness events are increasingly popular and can take many different forms. Amongst some of the more popular events is an “Alzheimer’s Café”. Very similar to coffee mornings, the Alzheimer’s café idea began in the Netherlands and involves alzheimer’s patients, carers and family members coming together over tea and cake. The social setting allows people to chat through their experiences and concerns with others who are going through the same thing. There is also a “support section” of the meeting which involves a thematic talk centred around the emotional strains for those living and working with dementia.

 

To find out more about Alzheimer’s disease or for help and support in coping, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website. They also provide a helpline, available by calling 0300 222 11 22.

 

Bracknell Forest Council has a Dementia Advisory Service which provides a range of support and advice on the some of the more practical implications of living with dementia.