Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s
This year’s World Alzheimer’s Month centred around the campaign theme of ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s’. The theme focused on the importance of a timely diagnosis, as well as the 10 warning signs of dementia and the continued need to break down the stigma that still surrounds Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
On World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, ADI released the World Alzheimer Report 2021 ‘Journey through the diagnosis of dementia’. Diagnosis is still a major challenge globally, with those who seek a diagnosis often experiencing long wait times, if they are able to receive a diagnosis at all. Societal stigma, self-stigma and clinician related stigma also exacerbate what is already a difficult journey.
To mark the release of the report, ADI hosted a virtual report launch which featured a global panel of experts and an open Q&A session regarding the report’s findings.
Thanks to Alzheimer and dementia associations around the world, awareness of dementia continues to improve each year. These organisations have adapted and innovated to ensure that people with dementia and their carers receive the supports and services they need, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.