World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

Millions of families are faced with Alzheimer’s disease-related challenges. World Alzheimer’s Day, which is a day to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, sees the world turn purple. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia/Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). This is why organizations from all over the globe come together to support this sad disease.

This day was originally part of World Alzheimer’s Month. Organizations coordinate to create messages about dementia that are shared worldwide for key stakeholders, policy makers, the media and key stakeholders. To allow national and local Alzheimer associations to expand the reach of their awareness programs, and events worldwide, the decision was made to create the entire month. For instance, organizations like light up city buildings in Toronto, Niagara, Chicago, New Orleans, and Vancouver in the color purple to enact this day. These organizations join forces to share themes of conversation in order to raise awareness about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

However, the day was created in 1994 to commemorate the 10th anniversary Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). ADI empowers other organizations by providing research and current knowledge on Alzheimer’s and related dementia. ADI is an international federation representing Alzheimer associations from around the globe, and has official relations with World Health Organization. It hosts international conferences and the Alzheimer University, which offers a series practical workshops for staff and volunteers. All of this is done to educate the public about dementia and Alzheimer’s. These issues, particularly among the elderly, cannot be ignored.

You can also donate money to ADI or the Purple Elephant to participate in this day. You can always attend their events if they are near you. They are often educational events or walks, but they can be a great way to spread awareness. If a family member or friend that’s close to you is starting to have dementia/Alzheimer’s, look up online about what you can do to help them and be positive support for others who are struggling.


Sep 21 2024


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