According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, September is World Alzheimer’s Month and Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. The month is celebrated to bring attention to dementia, a disease that is affecting more than 50 million people worldwide. That number is expected to grow to over 152 million by 2050. The annual global cost of dementia is reported to be over $1 trillion annually, which is expected to double by 2030 to $2 trillion, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).
The international campaign by ADI is intended to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma attached to it. The organization is promoting the important messages below:
● During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more vital than ever that people continue to talk about dementia.
● Talking about dementia helps tackle the stigma, normalizes language and
encourages people to find out more information, advice and seek help.
● People living with dementia and their caregivers have an equal right to respect and inclusion, and to diagnosis, quality care and treatment.
● Governments can reduce the human and economic impact of dementia by
developing responses to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia by 2025.
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