World Alzheimer’s Day is commemorated every year, on September 21, with the aim of eradicating misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
It is also intended to inspire and help families of patients with the disease to cope and fight it.
The importance of World Alzheimer’s Day
Alzheimer’s is a serious brain disorder that causes confusion and memory loss.
If not identified and treated quickly, it can have a negative impact on a person’s ability to learn, think, reason, remember, problem solve, pay attention and recall information.
A condition that affects the nuclear family
Not only patients but also their loved ones and friends are affected by this serious disease.
Every year, the entire month of September is proclaimed “Alzheimer’s Month.”
To support those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, people around the world join forces with various societies and organizations dedicated to the disease.
In addition to offering social and financial support to those affected, they organize a series of events to raise awareness about the warning signs, symptoms, early diagnosis and proper treatment of this serious mental disorder.
World Alzheimer’s Day Theme 2023
The World Alzheimer’s Day theme for 2023 is “Never too early, never too late”.
Emphasizing the importance of identifying risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and taking proactive steps to reduce those risks in an effort to slow and, if possible, prevent the disease.
The onset of dementia
Understanding how to identify and manage the risk of Alzheimer’s can have a significant impact.
Its development can still be slowed or prevented by making various lifestyle changes.
Both vascular diseases and dementia syndromes share a number of risk factors.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published recommendations to reduce the risk of dementia, which can reduce cardiovascular disease.
The risk of developing dementia in the future can be lowered by making better lifestyle choices and reducing risk factors that can be changed.
Here are some ways to safeguard brain health:
- Avoiding alcohol.
- A passion for lifelong learning.
- Social engagement and stimulation as we age.
Facts about World Alzheimer’s Day
- Between 60-80% of dementia cases worldwide are caused by Alzheimer’s disease, making it one of the most prevalent types of dementia.
- About 2.4 billion people are believed to have Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.
- By 2050, there will be 131.5 million people with dementia worldwide, ADI predicts.
- Age is certainly a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but it need not be the only one. Most Alzheimer’s patients are 65 or older.
- According to research, between the ages of 40 and 50, 5% of Alzheimer’s patients develop the disease early.
- While early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen symptoms, Alzheimer’s is incurable and progressive in nature.
- In 2012, the initial Alzheimer’s Month campaign was launched. A study found that, on average, 2 in 3 people worldwide are unaware of the prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in their own countries.
Join Walk 2023 in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in Greater Boston
In the fight against this devastating disease, communities are coming together to raise awareness and support research efforts.
One such event is the 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Boston, scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2023.
Here are all the essential details you need to know about this event, from the schedule and location to how you can get involved. and make a difference.
- Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
- Location: DCR North Point Park, Museum Way, Cambridge, MA 02141
- Route length: 1 mile or 3 miles.
- Event Schedule:
- Welcome for walkers and route opening: 8:30 a.m.
- Opening Ceremony: 10 a.m.
- Walk begins after the ceremony.
- Contact information:
- Event Coordinator: Melissa Shirtcliff
- Phone: 617.393.2094
- Email: [email protected]
Every dollar raised during the Walk goes to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s care, support and research efforts.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Alzheimer’s Association ensures that all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Registration is required because it helps organizers plan the event effectively, and ensures that each participant signs a standard liability waiver.
We encourage participants to make a personal donation and pledge to raise funds to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Participants who meet the $150 fundraising minimum will receive an official Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt via USPS.
In the event of inclement weather, organizers will cancel the walk and updates will be posted on the Walk home page on or before the morning of the event.
Each registered participant will receive a Promise Garden flower and a color can be chosen to represent their connection to Alzheimer’s:
- Blue for someone living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
- Purple for those who have lost someone to the disease.
- Yellow for those currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
- Orange for those who support the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Walk 2023 Greater Boston is an opportunity to join forces with the community in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
By registering, donating and participating, you can make a meaningful contribution to support individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and promote research efforts.
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