Events in Warwickshire – September is World Alzheimer’s Month – Every 3 Seconds
September 2018 marks the seventh global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects approximately three quarters of people with dementia. This World Alzheimer’s Month, Warwickshire County Council and partners are calling on Warwickshire residents and workforce to take action (whether big or small) to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.
The theme for this year’s campaign is someone develops dementia in the world every 3 Seconds. People are encouraged to understand the importance of recognising dementia and challenging the stigma that surrounds the condition with the hashtags #Every3Seconds #WorldAlzMonth. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigma and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global challenge.
The word ‘Dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.
To raise awareness and understanding of dementia, Warwickshire County Council is working with partners to promote the Dementia Friends initiative within Warwickshire. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding more about dementia and the small ways you can help people who live with the condition. You don’t need to know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend. There are already over 18,500 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire, but we need the support of people across the county to achieve our target of creating 30,000 Dementia Friends by end of 2019 www.dementiafriends.org.uk.
Sign up to become a Dementia Friend today and take us a step closer to our target of a Dementia Friendly Warwickshire. Visit the website, www.dementiafriends.org.uk, where you can either sign up online or find information about attending a one hour information session near where you live.
There are series of events planned through World Alzheimer’s Month: