World Alzheimers Day 2016 theme is "______________", 2015 theme is "Remember Me" , 2014 theme is Dementia: Can we reduce the risk? and 2013 theme is "A Journey of Care"
The ADI (Alzheimer's Disease International) launched the International Alzheimer's Day on 21st September 1994 on their tenth annual conference. Since then International Alzheimer's Day or the World Alzheimer's Day is observed every year on the 21st of September to spread the understanding of this degenerating disease of the central nervous system. The theme of the 2011 World Alzheimer's Day is 'Faces of Dementia' with the issues surrounding Dementia being discussed and talked about on the day and the days around it.
The Alzheimer's organization around the globe keeps their focus on the day by creating awareness about this progressive and irreversible disease which has millions of victim in every part of the world with at least two people getting the disease every three minutes. Alzheimer's disease is increasing its number of patients every minute and so does it calls for the right education and guidance about it and its initial symptoms which we often never notice.
Alzheimer's disease is the major cause of dementia around the world and it is estimated that every year millions of lives are affected by it. Almost ten percent of adults above the age of 65 are affected by Alzheimer's and it is believed that the incidence and the rate of disease will increase with age and time. There are also cases of early onset of the disease where people of 30 to 45 years become the victim.
Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of the nervous system where the patient starts to lose their memory and in later cases even show behavioral disorders and forgets their own identity. Dementia is the major symptom of Alzheimer's disease where the person loses the activity of the brain and the memory.
The factors contributing to the disease are unknown; however 5 percent of the Alzheimer's has been reported to have a hereditary origin. Though a number of researches are being done to find more on the disease and its cure, till now only symptomatic treatment are available for it and neither the reason behind the disease or its progression is clearly understood.
The ignorance about the disease and its symptoms has wrecked a number of families and has turned their world upside down when they have to deal with a patient from their family. And the knowledge about what the disease actually is and how the patients should be taken care of can change the way of life of such caregivers and also patient who needs the most care and support in this difficult time.
Awareness about this degenerative and irreversible disorder is very important to understand and care for the patients affected with Alzheimer's. The World Alzheimer's Day focuses on getting more people know about the disease and why and how the patients could be managed though the disease itself cannot be cured or controlled as per the development now. The first people who should be educated on the symptoms and management of the disease are those who have someone suffering from it.
In most of the cases the early Alzheimer's symptoms are mistaken for age related forgetfulness and the disease is diagnosed only after it advances to a higher stage making it equally difficult for the patient and for the caregivers. Being patient and knowing the symptoms and the extent to which the disease can progress will help in taking care of the patient and bearing with the pain of seeing their loved ones deteriorate into a living log.
The International Alzheimer's day tells the people that they are not alone in their misery and someone next to them are facing the same or similar trauma, the talk show and the articles on the disease helps in educating the world to know more about the disease. The day also promotes the donation into the fund for Alzheimer's research which may someday provide a breakthrough for the treatment and new findings into key to unlock the disease.