World Alzheimer’s Day 2017
Thursday, 21st September 2017
September 2017 is World Alzheimer’s Month which is a yearly international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma that surrounds it. Today, 21st September, is World Alzheimer’s Day which is the focus of the campaign.
Why do we have World Alzheimer’s Month?
Globally, there are nearly 50 million people living with dementia and 2 out of 3 people across the world believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.
In the UK, there are over 850,000 people living with the condition and although awareness is growing many people still face living with dementia alone without appropriate support.
What happens during World Alzheimer’s Month?
World Alzheimer’s Month is lead by Alzheimers’s Disease International (ADI) and in 2017 has taken on the theme of ‘Remember Me’ to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. ADI is the umbrella organisation of 90 Alzheimer associations around the globe, which in the UK is Alzheimer’s Society.
A range of activities and events are going on in the UK during World Alzheimer’s Month and some great examples are:
- Alzheimer’s Society are sharing Peter Lyttle’s story who saw his dementia journey change when he met Dementia Advisor Elaine
- Leah Beach of the BBC has travelled around Kenya, investigating the impact dementia can have and has shared her experiences here
- Cinemas across Wales are making themselves more accessible for audiences living with dementia
To learn more about our specialist approach at Carefound Home Care to supporting older people living with dementia in Yorkshire and Cheshire please contact our friendly team today.