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World Alzheimer’s Month takes place every September. This year—it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary. The month brings people together to raise awareness of the disease and the stigma that comes with it. During the month, there’s also World Alzheimer’s day on the 21st of September. Below you’ll find more information and tips to support someone with Alzheimer’s.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. It’s caused by complex brain changes that come from cell damage. This cell damage then causes dementia symptoms. Dementia is a general term used to describe a group of symptoms like memory loss, language, thinking or problem-solving. There are many different causes and types of dementia. But it’s estimated that Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of all dementia cases¹.
Alzheimer’s disease typically starts with mild symptoms. Things like forgetting the details of a story or taking longer to think things through. As the condition worsens, these problems can begin to affect day-to-day life more. Typical problems include:
These symptoms can make life extremely difficult for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. It can often also lead to behavioural changes and isolation from others. There isn’t currently a cure for dementia. But some treatments can help to ease the symptoms.
Supporting people living with Alzheimer’s
Life with Alzheimer’s can be challenging and confusing. Here are five tips that can help if you’re supporting someone living with Alzheimer’s.
¹ Alzheimer’s association, What is Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Available at: https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers [Accessed August 26, 2021].
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