World Alzheimer’s Day was launched September 21st, 1994.The theme this year is “Remember Me”. The day was created to spread awareness of the disease that attacks the central nervous system. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible degenerative disease that affects millions of victims every year in all parts of the world. Ten percent of adults above the age of 65 are affected by this disease, and these numbers increase with age. Although it is rare, some adults can even start showing symptoms by the age of 30.
Because the disease claims two new victims every three minutes, education about early symptoms is crucial to the fight. Early symptoms are often misconstrued as a sign of old age, and as a result it is not usually diagnosed until later stages. Later symptoms are more severe and usually include reverting back to their childhood, forgetting one’s identity, and often aggression. Caregivers and family should also be informed about this disease to give the best care possible to these patients who so desperately need their help. World Alzheimer’s Day is trying to help by spreading the crucial information needed to help every one understand the disease and how to care for someone with the disease. The day also promotes donation into the fund for research on the disease.
So, every year on September 21st remember to wear purple in support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and never forget those who have been lost due to the disease. For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit http://www.alz.org