By Kuʻunani De Monte
Today we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day, and each September we join in with the health care community to recognize World Alzheimer’s Month. For the past six years this international campaign, headed by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), has helped to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease has the power to impact families all around the world of different race, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds. About 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, however according to ADI, 2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The misinformation and stigma surrounding dementia is a universal problem that requires all of us to take action to fight for a cure.
To help gain public interest, the Alzheimer’s Association started the #ENDALZ campaign to generate awareness for the disease online and through social media. Celebrities and public figures along with everyday people are bravely sharing their stories of how their lives and their families were touched by Alzheimer’s Disease to help break down barriers.
Cast of The Big Bang Theory participating in the #ENDALZ campaign to end Alzheimer’s Disease.
At Caregiver’s Heart Hawaiʻi, we want you to know that if you or a loved one in your family has been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease, you are not alone. Just give us a call and we will be there to help you find a patient and understanding caregiver to help your loved ones thrive.
Want to learn more? Here are a few of our favorite resources and articles on Alzheimer’s Disease: