September 2017 is the sixth global World Alzheimer’s Month and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Action Day.
This month and day are dedicated, worldwide, to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and challenging the stigma that comes along with it.
The disease was discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. The doctor found noticeable differences and changes in brain tissue of women who had died from an unusual mental illness. His foundings are still used today to help to identify Alzheimer’s disease.
In the U.S. alone, Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death, and it is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
This year’s theme for World Alzheimer’s Month is “Remember Me”, a theme that encourages people around the world to learn more about detecting the signs of dementia. You can get involved on social media by sharing your favorite memories, or memories of a loved one throughout the month of September with the hashtag #RememberMe and #WAM2017.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, early detection means that the necessary support can be put in place immediately. Early symptoms include:
- Memory loss – Declining memory, especially short-term memory.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks – People with dementia find it hard to complete everyday tasks.
- Problems with language – Those with dementia may forget simple words or talking.
- Changes in mood or behavior – Rapid mood swings may happen for no apparent reason.
- Personality changes – A person may seem different from his or her usual self in ways that are difficult to pinpoint.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, visit your doctor to discuss your concerns.
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