World Alzheimer Month (September)

World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual international event, always held in September. The aim of the month is to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a physical illness which damages a person’s brain. This eventually causes dementia. The event has been running since 2012, and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.
There are over 100 forms of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s Disease at 50-60% of all dementia cases.

Types of diseases that cause dementia include:

• • Alzheimer’s disease. A shrinkage (atrophy) of the posterior part of the brain.
• • Vascular dementia (multi-infarct dementia) When the brain does not get enough blood and oxygen supply.
• • Dementia with Lewy bodies. A dementia that results from protein deposits in nerve cells of brain.
• Frontotemporal dementia (including Pick’s disease) No specific cause for this type of dementia.

Cora Phillips was awarded an MBE in 1991 for founding the Alzheimer’s Society in 1979.

Esther Robertson CWU ASR E4


More information can be found at the Alzheimer’s Society web page.

And the DementiaUK webpage.