Francis wanted to recall in his appeals this morning (21), during the General Audience, people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, on this World Awareness Day, a disease that often causes people to be “placed on the margins of society”.
At the general audience this Wednesday (21/09) Pope Francis made an appeal to remember the Day dedicated to awareness of Alzheimer’s. These were his words:
Situation in Brazil
September 21 was chosen by the International Alzheimer’s Association as World Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day to strengthen the dissemination of information about the main symptoms, forms of treatment and advice for patients’ families. In Brazil, the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day was established with Law 11,736/2008 . Currently, 1.5 million Brazilians suffer from dementia; most have Alzheimer’s. According to a study by researchers at the Federal University of Pelotas, 30 years ago, there were 500,000 and, in 30 years, there will be 4 million Brazilians with this disease and dementia. We need to pay more attention to people with Alzheimer’s, family members, professional caregivers.