September is celebrated as World Alzheimer's Month. Every year September 21 in particular is observed as raise awareness and curb stigma that surrounds dementia. This year will mark the 9th World Alzheimer's Month as in the year 2012. Alzheimer’s is one of the most common old age that impairs memory and other mental functions. It is the most common form of dementia that generalizes memory loss and loss of other essential cognitive abilities. World Alzheimer's Day 2020 Quotes: Celebrate the National Awareness Day to Love and Support People With Dementia.

World Alzheimer's Day History and Significance

The history of World Alzheimer's Day dates back to when it was launched at the opening of ADI's annual conference in Edinburgh on 21 September 1994. On that day it celebrated the 10th anniversary and ever since that year the day is being observed to work further towards this common form of dementia. The health condition imapacts both the patient and the caregiver and the the stigma surrounding dementia still exists. It does call for action on global level. 

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer's is one of the most common form of dementia that  2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The lack of understanding impacts the caregiving process and the initial diagnosis.

The COVID situation has only worsened the conditions as it has been creating unanticipated difficulties in diagnosis with limited or no physical assessment of elderly sufferers. Coronavirus fear has made it difficult for people to share public space, healthcare clinics, follow-ups and monitoring. Moreover it is also making it difficult for the caregivers to help the elderly with dementia.

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