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.
Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million people by the year 2050.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning and cognitive abilities that are serious enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. Currently, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United Stated that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed down. With the increases in life spans and Baby Boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is essential for families and their loved ones with AD or dementia than ever.
Alzheimer’s Disease & the Color Purple
Alzhimer’s disease is represented by the color purple which symbolizes mystery, and Alzheimer’s is clearly a mysterious disease. Researchers have learned much about the disease, but cannot solve the mystery of how to cure or prevent the disease. Purple represents magic, and we are ready for that magical moment when we live in a world without Alzheimer’s..
For additional information, advocacy, and educational resources about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, visit the websites of these outstanding self-help organizations, non-profit research foundations, and U.S. government agencies–
Alzheimer’s Disease–MedlinePlus.gov (National Library of Medicine)
Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging–Centers for Disease and Control (CDC)
Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation
World Alzheimer’s Month (September)
World Alzheimer’s Day recognizes and celebrates the dedication of family caregivers to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Remember to make a donation for AD research and to offer a “helping hand” to a caregiver in need of respite from his/her exhausting 36-Hour Day.
**Your continuing support of Alzheimer’s families and the loved ones in their care is greatly appreciated and contributes to the well-being of families in the U.S. and world-wide!**