World Alzheimer Day [21th September]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 5, 2022, 6:49

Every year on September 21, World Alzheimer's Day is observed to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. This day is marked to raise awareness, and in some countries, due to the disease's frequency of recurrence, it is celebrated for the entire month.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It's a type of degenerative brain disease that causes memory and cognitive functions to deteriorate.

World Alzheimer's Day History

In 1901, a German doctor named Alois Alzheimer found the first instance of Alzheimer's disease in a 50-year-old German woman. As a result, Alois Alzheimer's illness was given his name.

Alzheimer Disease International was started in 1984, and International Alzheimer's Day was established on its 10th anniversary, September 21, 1994. World Alzheimer's Month was founded in 2012.

World Alzheimer's Day Themes

The theme of International Alzheimer's Day 2020 was "Let's Talk About Dementia," with the goal of raising awareness, educating, inspiring support, and demystifying dementia.

The theme for World Alzheimer's Day 2021 was "Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's."

World Alzheimer's Day Significance

The goal of World Alzheimer's Day is to raise awareness and educate people about the severity and symptoms of the illness.

People are more educated, supported, and applauded on this day and throughout the month to help demystify dementia, as Alzheimer's disease is a frequent type of dementia that causes memory impairment and decline over time.

International Alzheimer's Day is observed on September 21 to increase awareness of the disease, its symptoms, and risk factors.

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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease destroys brain cells, which results in memory changes and loss, erratic behaviour, and a shutdown of bodily functioning. This illness usually starts slowly and progresses over time.

There is no recognised treatment for it. Early detection improves the patient's chances of receiving effective treatment for the disease. The therapy modalities incorporate components of medicine, psychology, and caregiving.

One of the basic early signs of Alzheimer's disease is the inability to recall recent events. Alzheimer's patients forget the names of long-time friends, residences, and even the names of streets and other items.

Alzheimer's disease primarily affects the elderly. This is a reason for concern in India, as the number of older people is growing.

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World Alzheimer's Day - How Is It Observed?

  • On World Alzheimer's Day, many health organisations host Alzheimer's walks
  • To raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease, communities worldwide arrange seminars and public activities
  • Buildings such as the CN Tower in Toronto and several downtown buildings in Chicago have previously been lighted purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease
  • People wear a purple bracelet or ribbon to show support for International Alzheimer's day
  • People can also donate to Alzheimer's Disease International or the Alzheimer's Association (ADI)

International Alzheimer's Day is observed on September 21 to raise awareness about the disease, its signs, and risk factors. Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, progressive, and degenerative brain disease that affects memory, cognition, and the ability to do even simple tasks.

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FAQs on World Alzheimer's Day

Q.1. World Alzheimer's Day was established when?

World Alzheimer's Day was first established on September 21, 1994.

Q.2. What is the significance of World Alzheimer's Day?

World Alzheimer's Day is a day to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, related signs, and risk factors.

Q.3. What was World Alzheimer's Day theme in the year 2021?

'Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's' was the topic of World Alzheimer's Day in 2021.

Q.4. What are some things you can do to commemorate World Alzheimer's Day?

World Alzheimer's Day can be celebrated in various ways, including sharing social media messages, participating in local Alzheimer's or dementia association activities, or giving a small donation.

Q.5. What was the theme for World Alzheimer's Day 2020?

'Let's talk about dementia' was the topic of World Alzheimer's Day 2020, which aimed to increase awareness, educate, inspire support, and demystify dementia.