Supporting World Alzheimer's Month
Alzheimer's disease is most common in people over the age of 65 and affects an estimated 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 in the UK. September is World Alzheimer's Month and we are raising awareness of this disease, which can be a significant challenge for individuals and loved ones.
Globally, 2 out of every 3 people believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer's Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains to be a global problem that requires global action.
We often hear about Alzheimer's disease and think that it is different from dementia, however, Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia (much like breast cancer is a type of cancer). There are over 400 different types of dementia, however, Alzheimer's disease is the most common. Other types of dementia include:
The focus of this year's campaign is to talk about dementia as talking about it begins to break down the barriers that can exist and help create an opportunity to know more about the disease.
Taking time to understand dementia is extremely important because doing so can help you best support the person living with the disease. This can also help you support friends and family as you will have some insight into the situation that they are facing.
If you want to find out more about dementia then we would certainly recommend heading to the Alzheimer's Society website which has a lot of information that you will find helpful!