Let’s Talk About Dementia
The theme of this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month was ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’. The theme continued to build on last year’s aim of raising global awareness around dementia and challenging the stigma that continues to persist globally. However, the theme had particular relevancy in context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as people living with dementia have been disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus, making connecting with one another and engaging in conversations about dementia symptoms and experiences all the more important.
On World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, ADI released the World Alzheimer Report 2020 ‘Design, Dignity, Dementia: Dementia-related design and the built environment’. The report is a global perspective of dementia-related design that takes a cross cultural approach, while also examining the benchmark against progress made in the physical disabilities movement. Spanning across 2 volumes, with 84 case studies and interviews with innovators in the field, the World Alzheimer Report 2020 is the most comprehensive report ever on dementia-related design.
Thanks to Alzheimer associations around the world, awareness of dementia continues to improve. These organisations have adapted and innovated to ensure that people with dementia and their carers receive the supports and services they need during these unprecedented times; advocating for those who are most at risk of social isolation and severe symptoms of COVID-19.