Wednesday 21 September 2016, is World Alzheimer’s Day; a day on which Alzheimer’s organisations around the world seek to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and the importance of continuing research into finding ways to treat and/or cure the disease.
According the Alzheimer’s Australia, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, which is a range of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. As dementia impacts on a person’s brain function, it therefore affects their thinking, behaviour and ability to perform every day tasks. You can read more about Alzheimer’s disease here.
World Alzheimer’s Day was the focus of a National Press Club Address today by Dr Ron Peterson, Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Ita Buttrose AO OBE, National Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Australia.
The address is available to watch for free on ABC iview. Click here to watch the address in full.
On World Alzheimer’s Day, it is worth considering the recently released Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Social Justice Statement, “A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society.” The Statement calls on Australians of all ages to consider the important role that the elderly play in our society, the importance of caring for those who need it, and for helping those who are ageing to continue living active lives, engaged in their communities.
The Social Justice Statement can be downloaded from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) website, or the full colour print version, as well as other useful resources such as 10-step leaflets, can be ordered from the ACSJC.