Today, on September 21st, the World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated worldwide with the aim to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds the disease.
The theme of this year’s “World Alzheimer’s Day” is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ .
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia which affects parts of the brain that control memory, thought or judgement and language or communication which are serious enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life. The studies show that Alzheimer’s disease affects about 6 % of people aged 65 years and older. However, an average of 2 out of 3 people globally have little or no understanding of it.
Many even consider this disease is a normal part of ageing which is not true.
The seriousness of Alzheimer’s disease demands awareness and hence, openness and discussion are crucial for developing curative treatment for it.