World Alzheimer’s Day is observed each year on September 21st. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and is commemorated across the country with activities, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns. World Alzheimer’s Day takes place during World Alzheimer’s Month, observed annually throughout September.
The Purpose of World Alzheimer’s Day
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 6.7 million Americans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, this number is estimated to rise to nearly 13 million.
World Alzheimer’s Day seeks to unite people with dementia, caregivers, medical professionals, researchers, and scientists, and the media to bring attention to the cause. Together, this effort can also send a message to policymakers regarding the seriousness of the disease and the need for a focus on prevention and developing a cure.
Recognizing the Caregivers
Observing World Alzheimer’s Day is also an opportunity to celebrate and support those who act as caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s, and approximately 25% of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers, meaning that they are caring for an aging parent as well as at least one child. Caregivers often juggle many responsibilities and should be recognized and celebrated during World Alzheimer’s Day. Click here for more tips on balancing work, life, and being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Uniting for a Cure
Though there is not currently a cure for Alzheimer’s, World Alzheimer’s Day is a strong reminder that millions of people are fighting for a brighter future for those with the disease. Scientists and researchers are continuously using new technology and knowledge to search for ways to beat Alzheimer’s. Together, we can bring hope to those living with Alzheimer’s and their families.
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