Pope Francis calls attention to upcoming World Alzheimer’s Day

19 September 2019  Yesterday at the Vatican, Pope Francis called attention to World Alzheimer’s Day during his Wednesday General Audience address.

During the hour-long speech, Pope Francis announced that this Saturday, 21 September, marks World Alzheimer’s Day. He called for attention towards the many people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia worldwide, and the stigmatising attitudes that can lead to violence or abuse.

He held a prayer for those who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, including loved ones and carers, and that they are continuously supported, both in prevention and treatment.

The opportunity for the Pope’s World Alzheimer’s Day mention came after ADI’s Chief Executive Officer, Paola Barbarino, met with representatives of the Holy See earlier this year.

Watch the speech in Italian here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcXuPYNoA6s

Translation into English: "Next September 21st is World Alzheimer's Day, a disease that affects many men and women, who, due to this disease, are often victims of violence and abuse that trample their dignity. We pray for the conversion of hearts and for those affected by Alzheimer's disease, for their families and for those who lovingly care for them. I also associate them with prayer, the memory of those suffering from cancer, so that they are also increasingly supported, both in the prevention and treatment of this disease. "

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