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The Ultimate Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

The Ultimate Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that reduces memory and other mental function, in older adults. It gradually progresses to a level that impairs normal basic functioning in a person. The disease is not a normal part of aging and requires care. About 50 million people suffer from dementia worldwide.

Some interesting facts about Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • The chances double every 5 years after the age of 65
  • Education and linguistic skills could help guard against Alzheimer’s by having parallel brain connections that may take over, helping serve basic functions


What is the history of World Alzheimer’s Day?

Alzheimer’s disease was discovered by Alois Alzheimer in Germany in 1901. In 1994, World Alzheimer’s Day was introduced in Edinburgh. In 2009, World Alzheimer's reports started being published by the ADI and since 2012, the whole of September has been declared World Alzheimer's Month. 


What color represents World Alzheimer's Month/Day?

Purple is the color used to signify World Alzheimer’s Day


What can you do on World Alzheimer’s Day?

  • Spread Awareness through:

                       - Social media posts using  #WorldAlzheimersMonth 

                       - Share a post on 21st September with #WorldAlzheimersDay

                       - Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s and spread the knowledge or the links you read to your friends and family

  • Volunteer at an NGO that caters to Alzheimer’s Patients or donate to a charity that supports individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
  • If you suspect someone may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, inform their relatives and try to get them medical care. 


What is the theme of World Alzheimer’s Day 2022?

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 is the “Power of Knowledge”. The theme focuses on educating ourselves and others around us about dementia, how it affects people, the warning signs, and how to support people with dementia. 


Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

There is no available cure for Alzheimer’s disease, although methods exist that may help slow down the progression of the condition. There are also medicines to help with symptoms and allow for a better life. There is also a lot of support available to better manage and cope with the condition. However, research is progressing in many directions to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. 


Where can I find more information about Alzheimer’s disease?

You can explore more content from our blogs below:

  • Check out The 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Understanding Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
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