World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 is September and is run by Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI). The aim of the month is to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia. The other goal is to bring support to those suffering with the disease.
Dementia is a degenerative brain condition that affects over 50 million people internationally. Dementia robs a person of their memory, competency, comprehension and behavioral awareness. This disease usually progresses slowly over the years and is a sad condition to live with or witness in loved ones. There are over 100 forms of dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease being the most common at 50-60% of all dementia cases.
Quick Facts About World Alzheimer’s Month:
1. Although the most at-risk group are adults age 65 and older, roughly 1 in 20 of those with Alzheimer’s have early onset Alzheimer’s disease that typically manifests between the ages of 40 and 65.
2. One of the later symptoms of Alzheimer’s is dysphagia. This refers to difficulty eating or swallowing. When the nervous system degenerates, it can cause simple motor tasks such as eating or drinking to become increasingly difficult.
3. Both chronic periodontitis (a serious gum infection that damages the gums and can destroy the jawbone) and hypertension (high blood pressure) can be risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease.