Learn about World Alzheimer's Month
Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia. September 2021 marks the 10th year of this vital global awareness raising campaign.
21 September also marks World Alzheimer’s Day. For ADI, World Alzheimer’s Day typically coincides with the launch of our World Alzheimer Report. In 2021, our report will focus on diagnosis.
This year’s campaign will shine a light on the warning signs of dementia, encouraging people to seek out information, advice and support, as well as contacting the Alzheimer’s or dementia association in their country.
It is only through a truly global effort that we can raise much needed awareness and challenge the stigma and misinformation that still surrounds dementia, and we are calling on everyone to do something during September, however small or large, through our campaign ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s’.
The Mauritius Alzheimer Association a member of ADI since 2009
The ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION of Mauritius was officially registered on the 30th of May 2005 as a result of the efforts of a group of persons from various areas of civil society, acting on their own or within organized NGOs, who were all concerned with the care of elderly persons in a country with an ageing population.
We are a member of ADI (Alzheimer Disease International) - the International Federation of 85 Alzheimer Associations around the world.
- To increase awareness in the public about dementias and Alzheimer’s disease
- To provide support and care to persons suffering from Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease and to their families
- To advocate for greater understanding of Dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease and to improve the management
- To make Dementias a health priority
- To carry out research on dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease
ALZHEIMER DISEASE is the most common type of dementia – 50 to 60% of all cases of Dementia, affecting mostly elderly persons.
It is associated with wide spread neuron degenerative damage of brain tissue.
It results in a decline of the mental and cognitive function, especially memory, language, judgment and thinking and interferes with daily activities and social relationships.
It usually runs a progressive course although it can be step by step; it is irreversible and ultimately fatal.
For people aged over 60 it is the second leading cause of years lived with disability (WHO 2004)
With the ageing of the world’s population and the increasing number of people aged over 60 there will be a substantial increase in the number of people with dementia.
World wide there are about 35 millions persons with Alzheimer Disease (2009 ADI report) and In MAURITIUS it was estimated in 2007 that around 6,000 persons had Alzheimer’s Disease.
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