Health Days 2018
World Alzheimer's Day

Introduction:

World Alzheimer's Day is held each year to raise awareness about the challenges and hardships faced by Alzheimer's patients and their families. The event calls on exerting intensive efforts to enhance healthcare and to support both patients and their families. According to Alzheimer’s Association, there are an estimated 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. By 2050, more than 13,150,000 people will be afflicted (someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds).
Facts:
  • Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and is not a normal part of aging.
  • Not every memory loss is Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer’s disease involves impairment of cognitive, speech and memory areas, which is riskier than forgetfulness.
  • Women have a higher risk.
  • 35% of dementia healthcare providers face a considerable deterioration of their health.
  • Education can lower your risk.
  • Heart disease can raise your risk of getting Alzheimer's.
Objectives:
  • Enhance and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.
  • Help people get to know the number of ways by which this illness can be prevented, through changing their lifestyle.
  • Encourage providing enhanced healthcare to both patients and their families.
  • Provide dementia support centers for all the disease stages.
  • Identify Alzheimer’s and their numbers, and launch global campaigns to changes the policies adopted by different states in collaboration with WHO.
  • Assess and develop the healthcare and social services provided to Alzheimer’s patients.
Official Date:
  • Globally: September 21st, 2018.
  • Locally: Muharram 11th, 1440H.
Theme of World Alzheimer's Day:
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«Every 3 Seconds, Someone in the World Develops Dementia»
Target Groups:
  • Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Old people.
  • Healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, health intellectuals, and social workers.
  • Concerned health institutions.
  • Wider community.
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