World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
World Alzheimer’s Month
World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012. World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 September each year.
2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action.
Why respect is so important
Like everyone else, people with dementia have often led rich and productive lives. Maybe they’ve raised a family, had a rewarding career, or been known as a kind and caring member of their community. These achievements still matter just as much now as they always have. In fact, if the dementia diagnosis has knocked their confidence, they could matter even more. By being respectful, you remind them that their life still has value and meaning and you boost their feelings of self-worth, too.
Why understanding is so important
Dementia can make it increasingly difficult for the person you love to communicate their needs or express themselves. If they don’t feel understood, many people become lonely and isolated and depressed. Sometimes, their frustration can erupt into angry outbursts and distressing behaviour which is very upsetting for everyone.
Understanding and respect Alzheimer people
- Listen well
- Feelings are more important than facts
- Give them choice
- Step into their shoes.
- Encourage them to look their best
- Take a trip down memory lane