Each September, people unite from all corners of the world to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that persists around Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementia.
During World Alzheimer’s Month, we call on everyone, from individuals to large organizations, including every Alzheimer and dementia association globally, to support World Alzheimer’s Month by getting involved in some way. As outlined in our World Alzheimer Report 2019, many people still wrongly believe that dementia is normal aging. This alone highlights how important public awareness campaigns, like World Alzheimer’s Month, are for changing perceptions and increasing existing public knowledge around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
This year’s theme, ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s,’ continues on from the 2021 campaign, which focused on diagnosis, the warning signs of dementia, the continued effect of COVID-19 on the global dementia community, and more. In 2022, the campaign will have a special focus on post-diagnosis support. Following recent developments and potential breakthroughs, in both dementia treatment and support, the campaign will aim to highlight the importance of support for people living with dementia and families following a diagnosis.
World Alzheimer’s Day
World Alzheimer’s Day takes place during World Alzheimer’s Month and is on 21 September every year. In the build-up to, and on the day of, many Alzheimer's and dementia associations around the world host memory walks, fundraisers, awareness-raising activities, and campaigns to bring attention to those in their community that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Since COVID-19, many associations, have hosted events and activities virtually. These activities include webinars, remote memory walks and more.