Alzheimer’s and dementia: keeping the conversation going during the pandemic

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is continuing its Let’s Talk About Dementia global awareness campaign as part of the 2020 World Alzheimer’s Month, with a large part of the focus being on keeping the conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia going in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. ADI, a federation of 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 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, approximately 564,000 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.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for everyone, ADI notes on its website that it’s important to keep the conversation going.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more vital than ever that people continue to talk about dementia,” ADI states on its website.

“Talking about dementia helps tackle the stigma, normalises language and encourages people to find out more information, advice and seek help.”

ADI is offering a campaign guide on its website to help organizations and people spread the word about the World Alzheimer’s Month 2020 campaign.

ADI says people and organizations can also use social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to help raise awareness.

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