September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Every year, World Alzheimer’s Day falls on September 21st. September 2017 will mark the 6th global World Alzheimer’s Month and will utilise the theme of ‘Remember me’ to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of Dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems associated with memory, thinking and behaviour. The scariest aspect of Alzheimer’s disease is the process of the disease developing slowly and getting worse over time. This eventually becomes severe enough to interfere with daily activities. There are 850,000 people with Dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This is expected to soar to 2 million by 2051. A shocking 225,000 will develop dementia this year. Globally, Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face. Education and research on Dementia is improving with time and we need to work together to share the best practices and raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
World Alzheimer’s Day helps in raising awareness among people about the challenges faced by the due to dementia. In 2012, World Alzheimer’s Month was launched.
What is World Alzheimer’s Day?
A shocking 2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of Alzheimer’s disease in their country. World Alzheimer’s day is a perfect opportunity for organizations and individuals around the world to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by Dementia and demonstrate. On this day, organizations discuss how we can overcome these issues to help people live well with Alzheimer’s. Charities, Care Homes, and organizations are encouraged to share global research and campaigning
How Alzheimer’s can affect the brain
The brain typically shrinks to some degree in healthy ageing but, surprisingly, does not lose neurons in large numbers. In Alzheimer’s disease, however, the damage is widespread, as many neurons stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, and die
Alzheimer’s disrupts processes vital to neurons and their networks, including communication, metabolism, and repair. first, Alzheimer’s disease typically destroys neurons and their connections in parts of the brain involved in memory, including the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. It later affects areas in the cerebral cortex responsible for language, reasoning, and social behaviour. Eventually, many other areas of the brain are damaged. Over time, a person with Alzheimer’s gradually loses his or her ability to live and function independently. Ultimately, the disease is fatal.
What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?
Doctors&Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease in most people. The causes probably include a combination of age-related changes in the brain, along with genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. The importance of any one of these factors in increasing or decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease may differ from person to person. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease. It is characterized by changes in the brain including amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles that result in loss of neurons and their connections. These and other changes affect a person’s ability to remember and think and, eventually, to live independently.
Prevention of the alzheimer’s disease
Cardiovascular disease has been linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
You may be able to reduce your risk of developing these conditions – as well as other serious problems, such as strokes and heart attacks – by taking steps to improve your cardiovascular health.
- stopping smoking
- keeping alcohol to a minimum
- eating a healthy, balanced diet, including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
- exercising for at least 150 minutes every week by doing the moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as cycling or fast walking), or as much as you’re able to
- making sure your blood pressure is checked and controlled through regular health tests
- if you have diabetes, make sure you keep to the diet and take your medication