06 Sep 2021

World Alzheimer's Month

Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia.

September 2021 marks the 10th year of this vital global awareness raising campaign. We asked Cormac Cahill, the Communications Manager for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland to share with us some further details on the activities planned this month.

World Alzheimer’s Day is held on Tuesday, September 21st. This year’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign will shine a light on the warning signs of dementia, encouraging people to seek out information, advice and support, as well as contacting the Alzheimer’s or dementia association in their country.

It is only through a truly global effort that we can raise much-needed awareness and challenge the stigma and misinformation that still surrounds dementia.

In Ireland, there are currently 64,000 people with dementia in Ireland – the number of people living with the condition will more than double in the next 25 years to over 150,000 by 2045.

For more on what we are doing during World Alzheimer’s Month visit the Alzheimer Society of Ireland website here

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month 2021, on Sunday, 19th September, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is asking the public to make every step count for the second successive Virtual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, proudly supported by Iceland, which is taking place across the country. This year’s ambassadors are Virgin Media TV presenter Martin King and beauty expert and entrepreneur Pamela Laird. This is a family-friendly series of walks suitable for all ages and abilities to unite together with their families and communities to raise awareness and funds for dementia supports. Family-friendly prices €7 for kids and €18 for adults.

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Follow these 3 easy steps to take part:

1. Visit www.memorywalk.ie;

2. Register for your pack and t-shirt;

3. Plan your route for Sunday, September 19th.

For more information and to register for Alzheimer’s Memory Walk click here

About The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The ASI is the leading dementia-specific service provider in Ireland and works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.

Our vision is an Ireland where people on the journey of dementia are valued and supported. A national non-profit organisation, The ASI advocates, empowers and champions the rights of people living with dementia and their communities to quality support and services.

The ASI also provides a number of others supports and services to people with dementia and their carers across Ireland including day care services, home care, family carer training, Dementia Advisers, Alzheimer cafes and social clubs. For more info about our full supports and services click here

Diagnosis

The theme for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month will centre around the 10 warning signs of dementia and the importance of a timely diagnosis. Everyone can be forgetful, struggle to put a name to a face or remember where the car is parked. Mild changes in memory naturally occur due to age. However, there are some changes that are not minor and are not an ordinary part of aging.

There are a number of possible reasons for changes in memory and there may be a straightforward explanation for what people are experiencing.

You can find more information about diagnosis here.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm at 1800 341 341. The public can also email helpline@alzheimer.ie, or use Live Chat at www.alzheimer.ie