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  • Writer's pictureRichard Kadri-Langford

World Alzheimer's Day: "Never too early, never too late"

Alzheimer's disease, a progressive neurological condition impacting memory, cognition, and behaviour, is responsible for around 60-70% of dementia cases. This ailment leads to severe cognitive deterioration and a loss of autonomy. It's crucial to note that although age is a major risk factor, Alzheimer's is not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Genetic factors, lifestyle choices, and overall well-being can all play roles in its development.


World Alzheimer's Day: Shedding Light on a Global Challenge

World Alzheimer's Day taking place on the 21st of September is an essential annual observance, that offers a unique opportunity to enhance comprehension of Alzheimer's disease and combat the misconceptions surrounding it. By promoting open dialogues and disseminating accurate information, we can eradicate the stigma that often accompanies dementia, fostering inclusion for both individuals living with the condition and their families. This worldwide event also provides a platform for governments, corporations, and individuals to collaborate on crucial fronts like research, prevention, and caregiving.


The significance of this day cannot be overstated. Alzheimer's is an incredibly prevalent condition, affecting millions of individuals and families across the globe.

A report commisioned by Alzheimers Society estimated that there are 55 million people living with dementia around the globe. It is estimated that this number will rise to 139 million by 2050. [1]

Furthermore, Alzheimer's disease doesn't only impact the individuals diagnosed; it also exerts immense emotional, physical, and financial strain on their loved ones.


The theme for this year's World Alzheimers Day is 'never too early, never too late' hence the title of this blog post focuses on the primary risk determinants and their mitigation, with the goal of highlighting their vital contribution to delaying and potentially averting the onset of dementia. Equally significant is the aspect of continuous risk reduction for individuals who are already grappling with a diagnosis.


In conclusion, World Alzheimer's Day serves as a powerful reminder of the global prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. By raising awareness, dispelling myths, and supporting research efforts, we can collectively strive towards a world where those affected by Alzheimer's can lead better lives and where future generations might be spared from its impact.

 

As part of our technology roadmap, Occuity intends to apply our technology for use in a device that enables screening in non-clinical settings such as pharmacies and care homes for the early signs of Alzheimer's.



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