World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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Launched in 2012, World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is an international campaign that takes place every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

Two out of every three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is growing, but the stigma and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.

As you get older, you may find that memory loss becomes a problem. It’s normal for your memory to be affected by age, stress, tiredness, or certain illnesses and medications. This can be annoying if it happens occasionally, but if it’s affecting your daily life or is worrying you or someone you know, you should seek help from your GP.

A diagnosis of dementia that is made early in the course of the condition enables people with dementia and their families to be better equipped to cope with the progression of the condition, and to have the opportunity to live more meaningful and productive lives. Individuals who are diagnosed early also have a unique opportunity to take part in dementia research, which may identify new treatments, help to find a cure or improve care.

September 2017 marks the sixth global World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Ashtons legal will be publishing some useful articles on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Care Funding and Deprivation of Liberty.

All things we should be thinking about for ourselves and our family. Planning ahead gives peace of mind and can ensure your wishes are carried out, whatever the future brings.


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