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World Alzheimer’s Day! Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

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World Alzheimer’s Day! Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

World Alzheimer’s Day is the international day marked on 21 September each year. The objective of World Alzheimer’s Day is to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Diseases.  According to WHO Alzheimer‘s disease is the most common form of Dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases.

This year World Alzheimer’s Day is focused on stigma. World Alzheimer’s Day encourage to understand the importance of recognising dementia as a disease and challenging the stigma that surrounds the condition.

World Alzheimer’s Day! Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

Key facts

  • Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.
  • Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing.
  • Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year.
  • Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases.
  • Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide.
  • Dementia has a physical, psychological, social, and economic impact, not only on people with dementia, but also on their carers, families and society at large.
  • The economic burden of dementia is US$1trillion every year, a figure that will double by 2030.
  • As few as one in ten individuals receive a diagnosis for dementia in low- and middle income countries.

Prevention

Studies show that people can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, Additional risk factors include depression, low educational attainment, social isolation, and cognitive inactivity.

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Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

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