September is World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is an international event held every September to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia. September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.

Our September campaign – Awareness Giving Month – aims to raise $20,000 to support our ongoing efforts in Alzheimer’s research. You can make a difference – Support us in September!

World Alzheimer’s Month has been running since 2012 in the cause of raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a physical brain condition that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behaviour.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging – it is a brain disorder that disrupts the brain’s neurons, affecting how they work and communicate with each other.

The onset of Alzheimer’s is so gradual that it is impossible to pinpoint when an individual’s cognitive decline began. For many people, this represents their greatest fear. However, at the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, it is our greatest challenge.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, the degenerative brain condition that affects over 50 million people internationally. With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia set to almost triple by 2050, it has never been more important to recognise the risk factors and take proactive steps towards risk reduction.

Research conducted by the Foundation has discovered that changing various factors in what people eat, and how they sleep or exercise, can make a big difference in reducing and delaying the onset of symptoms.

Research is continuing into how and why these things can make a difference. We hope to discover why these “lifestyle modification” factors have such a big impact.

Researchers at the Foundation have been investigating the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease since the 1980s. The dedication and commitment of our team has led to many breakthrough discoveries that have had an enormous impact of the research.

The Foundation leads many innovative studies in Australia and collaborates with other scientists all over the world to gain a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. The pursuit of knowledge transcends borders and unites scientists from every corner of the globe.

Together we can make Alzheimer’s a distant memory for future generations. Every discovery takes us a step closer to our goal… a world where Alzheimer’s doesn’t exist.