September is World Alzheimers Awareness Month, a world-wide campaign raising awareness about Mō te mate wareware/dementia, and challenging stigmas associated with the disease.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect how well our brains work. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia can affect anyone, and as people get older the chances of developing dementia increase.
Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, 4 out of 5 of us know or have known someone living with dementia. Dementia is something that affects almost all of us at some point.
Each September, AlzheimersNZ challenges everyone to raise awareness for the disease. This year the challenge is Move for Dementia. As part of our annual support for September’s ‘Alzheimers Awareness Month’, we’re joining in the AlzheimersNZ challenge!
Current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings may require a bit more inventiveness to come up with some Move for Dementia ideas – and with Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland still at Alert Level 4 we thought we’d throw this year’s challenge out to our whānau, friends and family across the Auckland area to come up with ways to Move for Dementia IN YOUR BUBBLE!.
We won’t let the pandemic stop us from raising awareness and understanding of dementia together in 2021!
If you would like more information about dementia, please visit AlzheimersNZ to learn more.
You can also download booklets and factsheets about dementia from AlzheimersNZ.