World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 –history Facts, Theme, Activities, Quotes and Quiz

 International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. In this article let us check on World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 -Facts, Theme, Activities, Quotes and Quiz. This international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer related dementia. The campaign was launched in 2012.


World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 – Monday, 21 September 

In this article readers can get a glimpse on

  • Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Warning signs and helpful tips for prevention
  • World Alzheimer’s Day theme 2020
  • Inspirational messages on Alzheimer’s
  • Activities that can be observed on Alzheimer’s day
  • Alzheimer’s day Quiz

What is Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other major mental functions. The Brain cell connections and the cells themselves deteriorate and die, finally destroying memory and other mental functions. Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms. No cure exists, but medication and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.

Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Stage 1: No Impairment.
Stage 2: Very Mild Decline.
Stage 3: Mild Decline.
Stage 4: Moderate Decline.
Stage 5: Moderately Severe Decline.
Stage 6: Severe Decline.
Stages 7: Very Severe Decline.

Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease. It starts with forgetting things and development of short memory loss which results in difficulty in remembering recent events, eventually resulting in the inability to look after daily activities and even basic needs.
  • Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects elderly people. Since the population of elderly people is rising in India, this is the cause of alarm.
  • The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not yet known. Certain complex events occurring in the brain appear to cause this disease.
  • There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Early detection benefits the patient in treating this disease effectively.
  • The treatment modalities include medicinal, psychological and care giving aspects.
  • Family and social support plays a key role.

Warning Signs

  • Changes in mood
  • Misplacing the things
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Challenges in solving problems
  • Losing the track of date and time
  • Forgetting the recent information
  • Withdrawal from social and leisure activities
  • Difficulty in completing familiar tasks at home or work
  • Difficulty in reading, judging distance and recognizing colour

Helpful tips for prevention

Engagement in physical, mental, social and recreational activities such as:

  • Reading
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Writing for pleasure
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Group sports, such as bowling
  • Taking part in adult education courses
  • Playing indoor games such as crosswords, puzzles, scrabble and chess

World Alzheimer’s Day Theme 2020

The following are the theme that was announced every year for the observation of the Alzheimer’s Day.

  • The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month in 2020 is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’.
  • The theme for the year 2019 was also  ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia.
  • The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month in 2018 was ‘Every 3 Seconds’, highlighting to a global audience the importance of recognising dementia as a disease and challenging the stigma that surrounds it.
  • The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month in 2017 was ‘Remember Me’, encouraging individuals from all around the world to learn to recognise the warning signs of dementia and to advocate for earlier diagnosis for those affected.
  • The theme for the 2016 World Alzheimer’s Month campaign was ‘Remember Me’, encouraging people from all around the world to learn to remember those that are living with dementia and their care partners, but also not to forget about loved ones who may have passed away.
  • The theme for the 2015 World Alzheimer’s Month campaign was ‘Remember Me’, encouraging people from all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or who may have passed away.
  • The theme for 2014 was “Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?”.
  • The Theme for 2013 was “Dementia: a Journey of Caring”.
  • The Theme for 2012 was “Dementia: Living Together,” focuses on reducing the stigma of a cognitive disorder that affects an estimated 36 million people worldwide.

Inspirational Messages On World Alzheimer’s Day 

  • On World Alzheimer’s Day, let us realize the fact that the people who are suffering from Alzheimer need our love and care, not our ignorance and hatred.
  • Never insult or demean a person for suffering from a mental disease like Alzheimer’s. It is the worst thing you can do in your life.
  • Never lose hope, it all depends on your confidence to turn it around in life.
  • Alzheimer’s might not kill a patient but our ignorance can. This is the bare truth that we must accept on World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • Let us inject some fresh air into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients on World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • let us rise up and fight to bring an enhancement in the lives of all those living with the disease.
  • Let us challenge the stigmatic approach towards Alzheimer’s disease on World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • An assertive and pragmatic approach is required to tackle all the misperceptions about Alzheimer’s disease.

World Alzheimer’s Day – Activities

The following are few activities that can be conducted as part of observation of world Alzheimer’s day.

  • Host an educational awareness event in your institution or society. Help the people in your community learn more about the causes, signs, and symptoms of the disease by hosting an educational event.
  • Support financially the institution that works for the people with Alzheimer. Initiate fundraising and also donate for the research on Alzheimer disease.
  • Wear purple on the day, September 21 in  recognition of world Alzheimer’s day. Decorate the area with purple decor to show care and support to those affected by Alzheimer.
  • Conduct brain health activities at institution to create awareness among the community and students .
  •  Empower others by sharing your story. Many people fighting dementia worldwide, most of us have stories on how the disease has affected us. Share your story on social media using the hashtag #ENDALZ or #EndAlzheimers and your story may be featured on The Alzheimer’s Association’s webpage.
  • Show some kindness and support to the caregivers of those affected by alzheimers. shower some flowers or gifts and let them know that they are doing a great job and is not alone in this journey of supporting the affected family members.
  • Sign up for research studies. Many research studies are looking for participants to help discover ways to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers often end up delaying studies because of a lack of volunteers.
  • Promote memory screening events to help people understand if their memory loss is a normal part of aging or something more serious. This year the Alzheimer’s Foundation will host these screenings online.
  • Help the young community be aware on the importance of brain healthy. Conduct educational sessions and activities at schools and colleges to emphasize the need to take care of brain health.
  • Include information about dementia and World Alzheimer’s Month in community or office newsletters or on noticeboards.
  • Arrange for a representative from your national Alzheimer association to visit your school, office, institutions to provide information about dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day Quiz

1. Alzheimer’s disease is the same as dementia and is a natural part of the aging process.

A) True

B) False

The correct answer is B: False

Severe memory loss or dementia of any kind (including Alzheimer’s) is no longer considered a natural side effect of aging. The severe memory loss and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s, like agitation, anxiety and delusions, are in a different class than the occasional memory lapses we may encounter as we grow older. Though researchers haven’t pinpointed the cause of Alzheimer’s yet, they have identified physical changes in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients that aren’t found in the brains of those not suffering from the disease.

2. Who first discovered Alzheimer’s disease?

A) 

B) 

Correct Answer: Ans B. Alois Alzheimer and his mentor and colleague, Emil Kraepelin, worked together at the Royal Psychiatric Hospital in Munich, Germany, where they co-discovered Alzheimer’s disease in 1906. The distinct symptoms of the disease were described by Kraepelin and the characteristic neuropathology was observed by Alzheimer. The decision that the disease would bear Alzheimer’s name was made by Kraepelin to emphasise the neuropathological basis of the disease.

3. How many people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia worldwide?

B) 47 million

Correct Answer: B) In 2015, According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in 2015.

4. Alzheimer’s disease can last as long as:

a. 1-2 years

b. 3-20 years

c. 5-10 years

d. 20-30 years

The correct answer is: b. 3-20 years

Alzheimer’s advances at different rates in different people, and can last from as little as three to as many as 20 years. Researchers have defined seven stages of Alzheimer’s based on symptom progression and the way the nerve cell degeneration manifests itself in the patient.

5. Antidepressant use is frequent among older people, particularly among those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. While decreasing symptoms of depression, antidepressants increase the risk of head and brain injuries from falls.

A) True

B) false

True. A nationwide study conducted in Finland compared Alzheimer’s patients taking and not taking antidepressants, and found a significant increase in head and brain injuries from falls in those taking antidepressants. This may be due to the sedative effect of these drugs reducing strength and balance in Alzheimer’s patients.

6. A diagnosis of “possible Alzheimer’s” means that:

A) The doctor believes there is a 50 to 60 percent chance that the patient has the disease.

B) The patient probably has Alzheimer’s disease but there may also be another disorder causing dementia as well.

C) The patient probably has age-related dementia.

D) Doctors don’t really know what the problem is.

The correct answer is: b. The patient probably has Alzheimer’s disease but there may also be another disorder causing dementia as well.

There are currently no blood tests or other lab tests to confirm an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, so doctors can only make a diagnosis of “possible” or “probable” Alzheimer’s disease. They do this by asking questions about a person’s medical history and giving the person memory and problem-solving tests. They also do tests to rule out other diseases that could cause Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. A diagnosis of “probable” Alzheimer’s means that all other diseases that cause dementia-like symptoms have been ruled out and the most likely diagnosis is Alzheimer’s. A diagnosis of “possible” Alzheimer’s means that Alzheimer’s is likely the main cause of the patient’s condition, but that another disorder could also be affecting the progression of symptoms.

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