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World Alzheimer’s Day

Join us in raising awareness for World Alzheimer's Day - spread the word and show your support to those living with dementia and their caregivers!
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Introduction

World Alzheimer's Day on September 21 is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this debilitating condition and support those affected. The day was first launched in 1994 by the Alzheimer’s Disease International organization, with the aim of spreading knowledge about dementia around the world. Since then, it has grown into an internationally recognized event which brings together millions of people from around the globe to show their support for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

History of World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day Dates

World Alzheimer’s Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1906</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Discovery of Alzheimer's Disease</div><div class='timeline-text'>A German psychiatrist, Alois Alzheimer, identified the first case of what came to be known as Alzheimer's disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Alzheimer's Protein Identified</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists identify a protein called beta-amyloid in the brain tissue of those with Alzheimer's disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Alzheimer's Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Alzheimer’s Disease International organization launches the first World Alzheimer's Day to raise global awareness about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition of Genetic Factor</div><div class='timeline-text'>Research confirms APOE-e4 allele as a significant risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's, shedding light on the genetic aspect of the disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Diagnostic Guidelines</div><div class='timeline-text'>For the first time in 27 years, new diagnostic guidelines are published accounting for stages before symptoms occur.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Alzheimer's Treatment Approved</div><div class='timeline-text'>The FDA approves Aducanumab, the first drug that targets the disease process of Alzheimer's, not just the symptoms.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize an awareness event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host a walkathon, community fair, or fundraiser to raise awareness and money to support Alzheimer's research.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Join a local organization that supports people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. You can offer your time and services to help make a difference in peoples' lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a letter of support</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send letters to people living with Alzheimer's or their family members to let them know they are not alone and that you care about them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a donation to an Alzheimer's charity or research organization. Every bit helps and your donation could be used to fund research that could lead to better treatments and eventually a cure.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn more about Alzheimer's disease so that you can be better informed and help spread awareness.</p></div></div>

Why World Alzheimer’s Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Alzheimer’s Day is an important event for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. It helps to make people aware of the various types of dementia and encourages them to become more informed about the condition. By increasing public knowledge, World Alzheimer's Day creates a better understanding of this progressive debilitating illness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Provides support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Alzheimer’s Day also provides much needed emotional support to both the patient and their family members. By discussing openly those who suffer from this debilitating illness, World Alzheimer's day gives a platform to those affected with information and resources to help families cope with the struggles associated with having a member living with Alzheimer's.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fundraise for Research</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In addition, World Alzheimer’s Day raises funds that can be used for research into finding a cure or treatments for this disease. Such donations allow researchers to continue looking for innovative ways to slow down the progress of this illness on affected individuals, providing a hope for everyone involved or impacted by it.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for World Alzheimer's Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Alzheimer's is the Most Common Type of Dementia</h3><p class='facts-content'>Alzheimer's makes up 60-80% of all dementia cases, making it the most common type of this brain condition.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Over Two-Thirds of People with Alzheimer's are Women</h3><p class='facts-content'>Comparatively, more women than men become affected by Alzheimer's disease. This fact might be because women generally live longer than men.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Alzheimer's affects One in 10 People Over 65</h3><p class='facts-content'>The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease increases with age, affecting about 10% of people over 65 and nearly half of those over 85.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Vascular Factors can contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease</h3><p class='facts-content'>Conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Alzheimer's Disease is Not a Normal Part of Aging</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer's is increasing age, it is not a normal part of aging and affects everybody differently.</p></div></div>

World Alzheimer’s Day FAQs

When is World Alzheimer’s Day?

World Alzheimer's Day is celebrated on September 21 every year. In 2024 World Alzheimer's Day will occur on a Saturday.

World Alzheimer’s Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Sep 21

Thursday

2024

Sep 21

Saturday

2025

Sep 21

Sunday

2026

Sep 21

Monday

2027

Sep 21

Tuesday

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