Wear Purple for World Alzheimer’s Day
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day and purple is the color of the day. Around the world, people are trying to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, treatments, and support.
I can’t help but think of my Uncle Babe today. He lived with Alzheimer’s Disease for many years. He passed away almost 3 years ago at the age of 92. I also can’t help but think of my Aunt June and cousin Bill who were my Uncle Babe’s caretakers, and the toll that taking care of him took on the two of them.
I think that those who have lived with and those who have taken care of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease are among some of the strongest people. I admire the strength and compassion that it takes to live with this illness, and pray that better treatments become available.
The World Alzheimer Report 2010 by Alzheimer’s Disease International explores the costs associated with dementia in societies worldwide.Â Here are some of their findings:
â€¢ Dementia is a syndrome that can be caused by a number of progressive disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimerâ€™s disease is the most common type of dementia. Other types include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
â€¢ Dementia mainly affects older people, although there is a growing awareness of cases that start before the age of 65. After age 65, the likelihood of developing dementia roughly doubles every five years.
â€¢ In last yearâ€™s World Alzheimer Report, Alzheimerâ€™s Disease International estimated that there are 35.6 million people living with dementia worldwide in 2010, increasing to 65.7 million by 2030 and 115.4 million by 2050. Nearly two-thirds live in low and middle income countries, where the sharpest increases in numbers are set to occur (figure 1).
â€¢ People with dementia, their families and friends are affected on personal, emotional, financial and social levels. Lack of awareness is a global problem. A proper understanding of the societal costs of dementia, and how these impact upon families, health and social care services and governments may help to address this problem.
To read more about the 2010 World Alzheimer Report, visit ALZ.org.
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Mark your calendar!
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.Â Order your support items in time for your awareness events!