Can you imagine living in a life where you slowly start forgetting the memories you cherish or stop recognizing your loved one or surrounding? Well it is difficult but a reality for 24 million people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. Every year on 24th September we observe World Alzheimer’s Day to raise awareness and challenge the stigma. Never heard of it right? It’s ok, now you know.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that first steals a person’s memory and then the cognitive abilities slowly. It is the most common type of dementia. It affects the parts of the brain associated with thought, memory and language. A person suffering from this disorder gradually faces in their daily tasks.

Common causes of the disease involves, age, family history, head injuries or cardiovascular diseases and etc. Common symptoms involves-

1. Memory loss

2. Losing track of date and time

3. Taking longer to complete daily tasks

4. Repeating questions and forgetting the recently learned information

There are many other symptoms. The person who is suffering might get upset, worried or angry more easily. They are depressed and not interested in anything. The disease also affects the family of the person suffering as they have high level of emotional and physical stress. As of now there is no cure for this disease but an early detection and treatment can help the person lead a better life. Families should learn how to gently deal with the person, by respecting their personal space, improving the surrounding to make the person feel more secure, by reminding them things, which they forget. In these cases the family of the patient should be very calm and have patience.

There are many organizations which work on Alzheimer’s, one of the most leading organization is the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION formed in 1980, they lead voluntary health organization for care, support and research. There are several myths associated to Alzheimer’s such as “ Forgetting things means you have Alzheimer’s” but forgetting daily life stuffs such as misplacing key or forgetting names doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer. Another myth is “Only older people get Alzheimer” age is definitely a cause but this condition can happen to people in their 30s and 40s. There are many more such myths associated with Alzheimer, it is necessary to burst out these myths so that people can get rightly educated.

There are many through which we can raise awareness about Alzheimer –

1. Social media – it is the biggest platform to raise awareness by posting blog post or posters

2. Talking openly about the condition, sharing knowledge to burst the myths and misconception

3. Awareness campaigns or charity walk

4. Volunteer in organizations to help in outreach programs, funding initiative, support group etc

A big or small step doesn’t matter, every step helps in raising awareness. By taking a step ahead we all will contribute to creating a safe space and bright future for people with Alzheimer’s.

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