Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Jefferson County.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 is World Alzheimer’s Day! Each year, this is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. So what are some things that you can do to raise awareness?
Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness by:
- Learning the warning signs and sharing those with others
- Talk about the “D” or “A” word!! (D: dementia, A: Alzheimer’s).
- Visit someone with memory loss or someone diagnosed
- Join a Dementia-Friendly Coalition in your community
- Become a Dementia-Friendly Business/Organization
- Share brain health tips (healthy eating, good night’s sleep, etc.)
- Distribute presentations/flyers/upcoming events with others
- Learn all you can about the disease!
- Attend local groups, gatherings and community events
- Share your personal story
- Wear purple or teal on 9/21 and 6/21 (The Longest Day)
- Share information on your social media pages
- Volunteer to help others
- Support the caregivers in your life
- Become a Dementia Friend
- Make time for self-care
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Heather Janes, Dementia Care Specialist
(she, hers, her)
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Jefferson County
1541 Annex Road Jefferson, WI 53549 920-674-8734
Direct Line: 920-675-4035
Work Cell: 920-728-7261
ADRC Fax: 920-674-7603
“By giving of ourselves to others, we truly live.” Ethel Percy Audrus (1885-1967)