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WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY: 21 SEPTEMBER

WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY: 21 SEPTEMBER

Context:

Every year, on September 21, World Alzheimer's Day is celebrated to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

  • This year's theme will focus on the symptoms of dementia. It will encourage people to seek information, advice and support in informing people about signs and symptoms.

Alzheimer's Disease:

  • It is a progressive disease that causes the brain cells to shrink and eventually die.
  • It is a common cause of dementia, which causes a progressive decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills that impairs one's ability to function independently.

Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease:

1. Memory loss

  • Memory loss is a major symptom of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Everyone loses their memory from time to time.
  •  It is common to lose track of where a person has placed his or her keys or forget the name of an acquaintance.

2. Misplace things frequently

  • People with Alzheimer's disease can often put things in the wrong place many times. In contrast to the good forgetfulness of people of all ages, they can store things in an uncomfortable place, like their backpack in the kitchen sink. They also struggle to reclaim steps to recover lost items. In such cases, they end up accusing family members of stealing their belongings.

3. Difficult in organizing thoughts

  • They may find it difficult to concentrate and take longer to complete tasks than before.
  • Performing tasks that require more than one step and performing multiple tasks is extremely tedious.
  • Their ability to process abstract ideas is increasingly lenient.

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