Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) marks the World Alzheimer's Day, which takes place annually on September 21, with various awareness programs. September is also referred to as World Alzheimer's Month in the last seven years.
"HMC has teamed up with Alzheimer's Disease International to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease as the leading cause of dementia," said Drs. Hanadi al-Hamad Senior Advisor Geriater, HMC.
It is estimated that within three seconds someone in the world will develop dementia and this year will be a trillion dollar illness. This year's World Alzheimer's Month focuses on challenges and stigma surrounding dementia.
"HMC's Department of Geriatrics and Department of Psychiatry has organized awareness-raising events across the country to raise awareness and myth in the community, education for health professionals, including those working with emergency services – the first responders and Events designed to improve the understanding and support of families of people with Alzheimer's and dementia. " Hamad.
She said that this year's events will include awareness raising events for traffic and police authorities, highlighting both awareness of potential disease-related risks and ways to improve safety.
"Alzheimer's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time, causing 50-60% of dementia cases, especially those over the age of 65 years and over Dementia, especially for the elderly, is not part of normal aging, "the official said.
Dementia describes a series of symptoms that may include disturbances in memory, thinking, orientation, ability to understand information that also affect language and judgment. In addition, there may be behavioral changes. These symptoms become strong enough to reduce a person's ability to carry out everyday activities. Dementia is caused by various brain diseases and Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia.
"We run the memory clinics at the Rumailah Hospital under the Department of Geriatrics, we started with a clinic and now it has grown to three, where we have three clinics in one week, we get patients from the Primary Health Care Corporation and others Departments of HMC are transferred, "the official added.