Theme for World Alzheimer’s Month Is ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’

Theme for World Alzheimer’s Month Is ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’
Events are underway to mark World Alzheimer’s Month, observed every September to raise global awareness about the disease and challenge the stigma regarding dementia. September 21 has been designated World Alzheimer’s Day. Approximately 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia and an irreversible progressive neurological disorder. In the U.S., roughly 5.5 million people — two-thirds of them women — live with Alzheimer's. Presented annually by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the observance was begun in 2012. The theme this year is “Let’s Talk About Dementia.” “Two out of every three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries,” the organization states on its website. “The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action.” As part of its observance, the ADI is highlighting evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected activities surrounding World Alzheimer’s Month, is leading to substantially high death ra
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