21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day. The day is now celebrating by people all over the world. Many people don’t know the facts of this day. Most of the people don’t know what is this Day and why it is celebrated. So, now we are informing you details about the main facts of this day.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain. It slowly degrades brain cells (neurons) – the disease often goes unnoticed until significant damage has occurred. Let’s see the facts and reason for celebration.
World Alzheimer’s Day Facts
- Age: Older people are more susceptible to this disease. The risk of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after the age of 65.
- Gender: If you are a woman, you are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as a man. Hormonal changes during menopause and the fact that women usually live longer contribute to this.
- Family history: Contrary to popular belief, most cases of Alzheimer’s are not inherited. In those rare few cases where a heredity pattern is seen, the disease starts well before the age of 65.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is not a normal part of aging.
- This World Alzheimer’s Day, the focus is on stigma and how to break stereotypes and myths that surround the diagnosis of dementia.