Alzheimer’s is one of the most common types of dementia, a brain disorder that affects memory and the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. In America, the disease is responsible for 60% – 80% of dementia cases and is one of the leading causes of death. The world celebrates World Alzheimer’s Day every 21st of September. This annual event is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and find ways to fight the effects of this brain disorder. This day is a perfect opportunity for facilities for Alzheimer’s, patients, caregivers, and families to join in the fight to increase the level of awareness, raise funds, and ways to improve the quality of treatments and the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.
World Alzheimer’s Day
Alzheimer’s was named after German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer who first identified the disease in 1901.
Alzheimer’s is among the leading causes of death in America and with an estimated 6.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s to date. Researchers expect the number of Alzheimer’s patients to grow to 12.7 million by 2050 as the American population grows older.
World Alzheimer’s Day came from Alzheimer’s Disease International in 1994, during the 10th anniversary of ADI (Alzheimer’s Disease International.) The group was founded in 1984 to support victims and conduct outreach activities to educate people about the effects of Alzheimer’s.
During the annual celebration, ADI coordinates with other member organizations and associations globally to spread information and awareness in dealing with the stigma about the disease. Since the inception of the globally acknowledge Alzheimer’s Day, the impact of its efforts is increasing.
Ways to Celebrate in Facilities for Alzheimer’s
For this year’s Alzheimer’s Day event, facilities for Alzheimer’s can organize activities for everyone. Here are some ideas and ways to show support in our own little way.
The Power of Family
Reach out to your family members who are in facilities for Alzheimer’s. A simple text message, phone call, or a visit to the facility on that day can go a long way. Share a brunch or dinner and have a fun conversation to remind your loved ones that they matter. Or add simple activities that will help them recall important life or family events. A simple gesture will help them feel valued.
Share Your Story
Share your story with friends, and family, and spread awareness through social media. Use the Internet to bridge the information gap and combat the stigma around Alzheimer’s disease.
Most people think that Alzheimer’s is an age-related disease. The lack of information remains to be a global problem that needs serious action. Sharing your story can help break the misinformation and the stigma.
Encourage your family and friends to donate any amount they can to fund Alzheimer’s research. Donations help Alzheimer’s research organization continue their work in improving the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.
Facilities for Alzheimer’s can participate in events organized by local Alzheimer’s associations. Staff, management, and stakeholders are also free to create their ways to celebrate this important day.
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