World Alzheimer’s Month
September is World Alzheimer Month
World Alzheimer’s Month is an opportunity to build understanding about a health issue that will affect more and more people as the years pass, while encouraging crucial efforts to support those already affected by dementia around the world.
Close to 55,000 people in Ireland are living with dementia which accounts for 19,800 men and 34,650 women. While both men and women can develop dementia, the condition appears to affect women more often. However, research continues to uncover new information about how dementia affects older men.
World Alzheimer’s Day is held on Monday, September 21st. You can find out what events are happening during the month at www.alzheimer.ie. This World Alzheimer’s Month we want you to talk about dementia. We need to address the stigma that exists worldwide.
Some actions you can take this September include:
· See the person not the dementia. Dementia does not define a person and is only one part of their lives.
· The language we use when discussing dementia is a really important part of lifting the stigma that surrounds it. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has created a language guide to dementia which provides guidelines that are intended to highlight how words and language really do make a difference. More information is at www.alzheimer.ie
· You can learn and understand more about dementia by visiting www.alzheimer.ie where you can find a wealth of information about the condition
· Encourage your local community to become dementia inclusive which ensures that communities are respectful, supportive and inclusive of people with dementia and their families. More information is at Understand Together
· Take part in our first virtual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk event on Sunday September 20th. So whether that is 5km, 10km or whatever distance you choose. It’s Your Walk, Your Way.
For More Information
Call the Alzheimer National Helpline to access information and resources on dementia or to find your local supports and services, you can speak in confidence to someone who will
understand and be there to listen and support you.
Freephone 1800 341 341 Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm or visit www.alzheimer.ie