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Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about World Alzheimer's Month.
World Alzheimer's Month is observed in September every year. World Alzheimer's Month was introduced in September 2012 after a successful pilot in 12 countries in 2010. The decision to introduce the full month, to contain the existing World Alzheimer's Day, was made to enable national and local Alzheimer associations worldwide to extend the reach of their awareness programmes over a longer period of time.
World Alzheimer's Day is on 21 September each year. While World Alzheimer's Month offers a longer period of time for Alzheimer associations worldwide to raise awareness, World Alzheimer's Day marks the pinnacle of the Month.
World Alzheimer's Day was launched at the opening of ADI's annual conference in Edinburgh on 21 September 1994 to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
World Alzheimer's Month unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all around the world.
Having a globally coordinated awareness Month and Day sends a strong message to governments and policy makers alerting them of the fact that dementia is a serious health issue which will have serious implications on services and health systems around the world as the world's population grows older. In addition, by focusing on a different message each year, the month can be used to educate and challenge people's misconceptions about dementia.
September provides an opportunity for Alzheimer associations around the world to gain recognition and credibility for the work they do, placing themselves in a stronger position to influence opinion leaders and governments.
World Alzheimer's Month is also an excellent opportunity to have fun!
We measure the success of World Alzheimer's Day and Month in a number of ways.
Each year, more and more countries are participating in at least one World Alzheimer's Month event.
In the past, the number of daily visitors to our website has greatly increased on 21 September, suggesting that people have heard about World Alzheimer's Month and World Alzheimer's Day and want to find out more.
Evaluation forms from member associations and others who organised events show that World Alzheimer's Month is having a greater impact each year. ADI members mostly measure this in terms of the number of media impressions and enquiries they receive during and immediately after World Alzheimer's Month. Many members also see a significant increase in the number of individuals joining their association as a result of the increased awareness in September.
World Alzheimer's Day is an initiative of ADI. Each year, ADI seeks financial support to produce and distribute World Alzheimer's Day materials around the world, enabling members to organise events in their different countries.
World Alzheimer’s Month was piloted in 2010 in 12 countries and implemented in the USA by the Alzheimer’s Association from 2011 and worldwide from 2012. The World Alzheimer’s Month logo was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association (USA).
ADI co-ordinates World Alzheimer's Month and World Alzheimer's Day around the world by producing, distributing and encouraging members and other organisations around the world to organise an event on the day. In 2009, ADI launched the first World Alzheimer Report on World Alzheimer's Day and has launched additional reports each year since.
There are several ways you can participate in World Alzheimer's Month. You could organise your own event or visit our Find an event page nearer the time to join an activity organised by your national Alzheimer. You can also help by donating to ADI.
Do I have to have dementia or care for someone with dementia to participate in World Alzheimer's Month?
Anyone can participate in World Alzheimer's Month and the more people that participate, the more awareness about dementia will be generated.