Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for up to 80% of dementia cases. Though the greatest risk factor is increasing age, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive disease that causes memory loss and serious cognitive difficulties. Worldwide, almost 45 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia.World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st is a day on which worldwide Alzheimer’s organizations concentrate their efforts on providing information to the public so they are more aware of Alzheimer’s risks, symptoms and treatments. Everyone can make a difference!
How can you make a difference this month?
- Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease. Though we have all heard of it, many of us are unaware of the risks and ways to help prevent the disease. Learn how you can support others who have family members with Alzheimer’s or who may have just been diagnosed with dementia.
- Volunteer at a fundraiser. During the month of September many Alzheimer’s groups will be raising funds to help those with Alzheimer’s disease get proper treatment. Volunteer at a fundraiser or help with providing information to those who are most in need of it.
- Become an advocate. Canada is in need of a national strategy on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Become involved. Speak with your local politicians and find out how you can help make Alzheimer’s a priority with the current government.
Canadians who live with dementia are entitled to the same human rights as all Canadians, however, they are often stigmatized and discriminated against. The Alzheimer Society of Canada has launched the Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia. You can download or read the charter here.
This September 21st, get involved and show your support for the people who are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. The smallest act can mean the most to those who need help.