Every three seconds someone develops dementia. Awareness can help stem this

People and organizations asked to share important info about Alzheimer’s and dementia during World Alzheimer’s Month campaign

By the time you finish reading this sentence, one person somewhere in the world will have developed dementia. This is the key message behind the 2018 World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, entitled Every Three Seconds.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a federation of 90 Alzheimer associations across the globe, is working to raise awareness of the prevalence of the chronic neurodegenerative disease as well as trying to reduce its stigma.

According to ADI, more than 50 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia. That number is expected to rise to 152 million by 2050 unless risk-reduction strategies are created, ADI says.

Here in Canada, more than 500,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In less than 15 years, the number is expected to climb to 937,000.

ADI says organizations and people around the world can help curb these numbers.

“Individuals, groups and organisations can help us raise awareness about dementia through their networks and communication platforms with stakeholders and local communities, and by using their local, regional, national and international outreach,” ADI says on its website.

A major factor in stemming the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is early detection and preventing risks, and ADI says organizations and citizens can spread this message.

“Earlier diagnosis has the power to change the perception of dementia, by illustrating that living as well as possible can be achieved with support, respect and access to services.”

ADI is offering information and has posters available through a toolkit it has created to help organizations and people spread the word about the World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 campaign. ADI says people and organizations can also use social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to help raise awareness.

Click here for more information about World Alzheimer’s Month.

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