Did you know that early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s could save up to $7.9 trillion in medical and care costs? Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the number of people affected is rising. So how can we help? Let’s start with this month: September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Created by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in 2012, this month is set aside to raise awareness for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
ADI is an umbrella organization for 90 Alzheimer’s associations around the world. They work to empower local Alzheimer’s associations to offer support to those with the disease and those who care for them, as well as working globally to campaign for policy change from governments and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Some backstory: There are over 100 forms of dementia, the most well-known being Alzheimer’s. Dementia refers to progressive brain syndromes that alter memory, behavior, emotion and thought processes. It is the leading cause of disability for elderly people. For many who experience dementia, constant help and care is required in their daily lives. Almost 50 million people around the world are affected by dementia, and there is currently no cure. However, treatments and support are available.
This September, take some time to get involved in spreading awareness regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia. World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21. You can donate or help the cause by visiting www.worldalzmonth.org/get-involved/.