World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on September 21 and is dedicated to the fight against one of the most common diseases. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, manifested by a complex of disorders that disrupt a person’s mental functions and quality of life. On September 21, scientists and doctors join forces in the search for new methods for diagnosing and treating this disease.
The disease is manifested by a deterioration in memory; a person is unable to perform the simplest life functions. According to statistics, up to 80% of all cases of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is often considered familial, because it affects all close relatives of the patient. World Alzheimer’s Day was founded in 1994 at the initiative of the International Alzheimer’s Disease Organization, which is responsible for the dissemination of information about this disease.
- The disease is named after Alois Alzheimer, a psychiatrist who first discovered it in the early 20th century.
- Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of death in the US.
- The disease has no cure, and there are no preventive measures. Its progression also cannot be slowed down.
- The main cause of the disease is old age, but in the United States alone, more than 200 thousand patients with this diagnosis are under 65.
- Every minute in the US, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, the number of patients will exceed 14 million.
How to take part
Take an active part in activities dedicated to disseminating information about this disease. Learn more about it, share it on social networks, draw attention to this problem. Volunteer with a community organization or nursing home. If you don’t have free time, donate money.
When is World Alzheimer’s Day in 2023?
World Alzheimer’s Day is observed on September 21 each year.