World Alzheimer's Day
September 21, 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Alzheimer's Federation chose September 21 as the yearly World Alzheimer's Day in 2012.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia among the elderly. Dementia is a brain disorder that severely affects a person's ability to carry out their daily activities.
According to WHO data, there are about 47 million people around the world suffering from dementia, and 9.9 million new cases occur each year. Alzheimer's disease accounts for between 60% and 70% of those cases.
The WHO has classified dementia as a public health priority. The WHO report “Dementia: A Public Health Priority”, published in 2012, aims to provide information and raise awareness about dementia. Among its most concrete goals is to ensure that public and private efforts to improve the care and support provided to people with dementia and their caregivers are ramped up.
World Alzheimer's Day is held each year to raise awareness of the disease, and to ask for support and collaboration from private individuals, institutions and official bodies, for patients suffering from this disease as well as for their relatives.