World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something"

09/16/2014
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For the 20th time the World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21st September 2014. This day, people are invited to participate actively in perceiving and dealing with dementia; © panthermedia/ lightwise

For the 20th time the World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21st September 2014. This day, people are invited to participate actively in perceiving and dealing with dementia. The everyday life of people with dementia should be designed livable in all relevant areas.

A majority of people will probably come into contact with this kind of neurodegenerative disease during their life. Due to the worldwide increase in life expectancy the number of dementia patients is increasing strongly as well.

But everyone can contribute to make life for people with dementia livable. The World Alzheimer's Day points out how important it is to develop an understanding of the disease. It is not only for people to inform themselves and to get in touch with those who are affected, but to enable people with dementia to participate in all areas of life. This includes an adequate design of their homes, retirement homes and residential communities. In addition, care facilities must be explicitly aimed at people with dementia to perform therapeutic measures. Even political commitment is necessary. More than ever, politics have to create better conditions and should also support research.

For this reason, diverse actions on the subject of Alzheimer's and dementia disease take place every year. This year the World Alzheimer's Day celebrates its 20th anniversary. All over the world the local associations and support groups organize a series of lectures, conferences, charity concerts to call attention to the public.

Currently, about 44 million people worldwide are affected by dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Disease International the number will rise to 135 million people by 2050. For this reason, it is important to draw attention to the situation of people with dementia, since a cure of the disease is not possible. Only through medical treatment and counseling, specialized care and support, the life of affected and their families can be made easier at least in some respects.

Information about events on the World Alzheimer's Day can be found on the website of the Alzheimer’s Disease International.

What else happens in the current research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be found in our articles on MEDICA.de.

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