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Alzheimer's Day 2020

World Alzheimer's Day is celebrated on September 21st every year around the world. This is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenges the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimerrelated dementia.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions. It is the most common form of dementia that generalizes memory loss and loss of other essential cognitive abilities that are serious enough to interfere with an individual's daily life. From previous studies, an average of 2 out of 3 people globally has little or no understanding of Alzheimer's disease and associated dementia in their countries.

Since its inception, the impact of World Alzheimer's Month is increasing. However, the stigmatization and lack of information surrounding dementia remains to be a global problem that calls for global action. Most people often think that this disease is a normal part of ageing.

Millions of families struggle with challenges due to Alzheimer's disease. The world lights up purple on World Alzheimer's day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia/Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). So because of this, organizations around the world come together on this day to support finding a cure for this sorrowful disease.

History of World Alzheimer's Day

The day was launched in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) association, which empowers other organizations with research and updated knowledge about Alzheimer's and dementia. ADI is the international federation of Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. It holds international conferences and holds the Alzheimer University, a series of practical workshops to help staff and volunteers. This is all made to help educate people about the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia and what people can do about it. Because essentially, these issues, especially among the elderly can no longer be ignored.

Objectives

To update on Alzheimer disease
To raise awareness about dementia and dementia care


Activities and Process

A webinar was conducted to discuss on the updates related to Alzheimer disease via zoom meeting. Participants were shared Zoom Meeting ID and password for the webinar via mail and viber.
A) Organizer : Department of Community Medicine, NAIHS-COM in collaboration with Alzheimer Related Dementia Society-Nepal(ARDS)
B) Participants: Total 30 faculty members of NAIHS and IRC members were present.
C) Date and Time : 2020 September 18, Time : 2.00 pm-3.30 pm
D) Format : PPT presentation via Zoom Meet
E) Speakers :
a. Prof. Dr. Lochana Shrestha, HOD Department of Community Medicine, NAIHS-COM
Executive Member ARDS
b. Prof Dr. Nidesh Sapkota, President ARDS,MBBS( RIMS,Ranchi, India),MD(BPKIHS), Fellowship(Geriatric Psychiatry, USA)

F) Schedule of Live presentation

Moderator: Dr.Kshitij Kumar Shrestha (Demonstrator,Department of Community Medicine) Outcomes- The PowerPoint presentation made by both the speakers cleared the participants about the topic Dementia effectively. A healthy discussion was done by participants regarding the topic with the speakers who tactly cleared their questions.

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Published Date: 06 Oct, 2020

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