PSG College of Nursing is dedicated to raising public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease on World Alzheimer’s Day, observed every year on September 21st. This initiative was introduced by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in 1994 with the aim of supporting patients and their families. This year’s theme, “Never too early, never too late,” emphasizes the importance of identifying risk factors and taking proactive measures to reduce the onset of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, cognition, and behavior. While it primarily impacts individuals aged 65 and older, it is not limited to age-related cases. In 2020, there were over 55 million people worldwide with Alzheimer’s, and projections indicate this number could double every 20 years, reaching 139 million cases by 2050.
Although there is no cure, early diagnosis and treatment can help alleviate symptoms. Lifestyle changes such as moderating alcohol intake, continuous learning, social engagement, and adopting healthy habits like proper nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep can reduce the risk of dementia.
Caregivers often face physical, emotional, and financial challenges, highlighting the importance of support and respite care. Raising awareness on World Alzheimer’s Day helps combat stigma, encourages funding for research, and promotes global commitment to prevention, treatment, and finding a cure. These efforts aim to create inclusive, supportive environments that preserve the dignity and independence of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Collective action is essential in the fight against Alzheimer’s.