September is World Alzheimer's Month, an international awareness campaign that started in 2012 by Alzheimer's Disease International. This year’s theme is ‘Remember me’ to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. Early diagnosis of dementia is considered important and beneficial for several reasons:
available treatments can be prescribed sooner, when they are most likely to help reduce symptoms
allows the individual time to access information, resources and supports that will support independent living for as long as possible
people in the early stages have the chance to take control, be prepared and plan for their future
family, friends and caregivers can learn how to best assist their loved ones
Many people who have dementia are unaware that they have a memory problem or are in denial, and hesitant to mention it to their doctor. It's so important to talk about all of your health concerns with your doctor, so you can get the help you need, as soon as possible. Read our evidence-based resources about Alzheimer's disease below.