#InThisTogether – Let’s Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease in Romford
This Monday 21st September marks World Alzheimer’s day.
Alzheimer’s is a disease which sadly affects a significant number of elderly people. More than 520,000 people in the UK have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease and this figure is set to rise. Within our local community there will certainly be people living with this disease.
That’s why, we believe it’s important that we do our bit to drive awareness of the condition.
Below, we’ve put together some ideas and information to share with your nearest and dearest to help raise the profile of a disease that affects so many.
First, what is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficultly performing familiar tasks, problems with language, difficulty performing familiar tasks and changes in personality in addition to other signs.
There is currently no cure for dementia, but a range of support is available for people with dementia and their careers. Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries.
Alzheimer’s disease is a physical disease that affects the brain. It is named after Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first described it.
The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that connect to each other. In Alzheimer’s disease, connections between these cells are lost. This is because proteins build up and form abnormal structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. Eventually nerve cells die and brain tissue is lost.
The brain also contains important chemicals that help to send signals between cells. People with Alzheimer’s have less of some of these ‘chemical messengers’ in their brain, so the signals are not passed on as well.
There are some drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that can help boost the levels of chemical messengers in the brain, which can help with some of the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop, and they also get worse.
How to get involved and raise awareness:
- Share this article with a friend! By opening the conversation, it may lead to identifying family members or friends who have been affected by Alzheimer’s.
- Start a fun fundraising! The UK’s Alzheimer’s Society provides many ideas on what you can do to fundraise. How about rave the shave or dye your locks? Know your trivia? Why not show off your quiz skills and rope in friends for a feel-good fundraiser! Check out the full list here.
- Shop the merchandise! The flower is a forget-me-not, a small blue flower that represents remembrance and is long-associated with dementia. Anyone can wear the blue forget-me-not pin badge to show their support for Alzheimer’s Society. Shop all merchandise on the UK Alzheimer’s society online shop here!
- Wear the colour purple! Did you know Purple is the official colour of the Alzheimer’s movement? Why not dress up in purple for the day and raise awareness to friends and family of the many ways you can help the Alzheimer’s community.
Who are the Alzheimer’s Society?
Since 1979, we have reached hundreds and thousands of people with our services, changed the conversation on dementia, invested millions in research and campaigned hard for people affected by the disease to have the support they deserve.
We hope we’ve equipped you with everything you need to fully understand Alzheimer’s Disease and inspired the Romford Community to get behind such an important charity to raise awareness of those suffering with the condition. If you need any further information or support, we urge you to get in touch with the friendly team at the Alzheimer’s Society.