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September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and each year people from all corners of the world gather to raise awareness on the disease and challenge the stigma that surrounds it.
This year’s theme is ‘Never too early, never too late,’ with a goal to teach people about the risk factors that surround Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and their prevention. According to a 2019 report, most people still wrongly believe that dementia is linked to a normal ageing process. However, if one takes ‘proactive steps towards risk reduction,’ it can not only delay the disease but even potentially prevent it altogether.
The biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s remains increasing age and genes, there are still modifiable risk factors. Therefore, implementing certain changes in our lifestyles can prevent or delay up to 40% of dementia cases, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Although symptoms vary from person to person, there are still noticeable similarities between them.
Learn about the 10 warning signs that may be indicative of dementia:
1. Memory loss
2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
3. Problems with language
4. Disorientation in time and space
5. Poor or decreased judgment
6. Problems with planning, concentration and organizing
7. Misplacing things
8. Changes in mood or behaviour
9. Trouble with images or spatial relationships
10. Withdrawal from work or other social activities
World Alzheimer’s Day is on September 21st every year.