World Alzheimer's Day Becomes World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Day Becomes World Alzheimer's Month

Each year since 1994, groups supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease around the world unite on Sept. 21 for World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the cause is taking up an entire month. The Alzheimer’s Association, and other global groups like it, are making September 2012 World Alzheimer’s Month.

An awareness-raising campaign will take place over 30 days, with Sept. 21 playing a key role. The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2012 is “Dementia: Living together.”

As part of the month, Alzheimer associations across the world are focusing their activities on reducing the stigma associated with dementia. They want to make communities more dementia-friendly through a series of programs and events. This includes the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in many cities across the U.S.

The World Alzheimer Report 2012 will also launch in September.

While this is a positive step for the Alzheimer’s community, other recent news is not as happy. Two major pharmaceutical companies recently announced they were ending development on a drug to help treat Alzheimer’s disease because the drug failed a major trial.

However, one doctor says all hope is not lost.

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