World Alzheimers Day is observed on 21 September

Highlights:

  • World Alzheimer's Day is observed on 21 September every day. 
  • The month of September is dedicated to bringing awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions. 
  • Per 2018 World Alzheimer Report, over 50 million people worldwide suffer from the disease. The number that will almost double every 20 years, reaching 131.5 million in 2050.
  • The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2019 is raising awareness and challenging stigma. The day focuses on stigma and how to break stereotypes and myths that surround the diagnosis of dementia.
  • Alzheimer's Disease is registered every 3.2 seconds totaling up to 9.9 million cases worldwide per year. It is the most common form of dementia.
Symptoms:
  • The most common symptom of Alzheimer's disease is forgetfulness. A person will forget important dates, names or events, asking for the same questions over and over. 
  • Other symptoms include social withdrawal, mood swings, distrust, irritability, aggressiveness, changes in sleeping habits, wandering, depression, apathy, loss of inhibitions and delusions.
  • The risk of Alzheimer's disease can be reduced by exercising regularly, eating a diet of fresh produce, healthy oils and foods which are low in saturated fat are beneficial and breathing exercises that help immensely.