Efforts to Mark World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21, and Month Are Well Underway

Efforts to Mark World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21, and Month Are Well Underway
Individuals and organizations internationally are marking World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21, by focusing efforts on increasing awareness and challenging stigmas about Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. For the seventh consecutive year, September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Every 68 seconds, someone somewhere develops the progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions so seriously that it interferes with the patient’s daily life. Worldwide, about 50 million people have Alzheimer’s.  Efforts surrounding World Alzheimer’s Month — an international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) — include Walk to End Alzheimer’s events; the release of a documentary; and encouraging the use of the multiple-language toolkit, as well as social media banners. Campaign materials can be found here. Organizations are asking participants to use the hashtags #WorldAlzMonth and #WAM2018. The toolkit includes key messages, a members list, materials and resources, posters, bulletins and graphics, along with general information about dementia, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global plan on dementia, top ways to lower dementia risk, World’s Alzheimer’s Month 2018, and h
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