Pope remembers World Alzheimer’s Day

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”.

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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:

“Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, a disease that affects so many people who, because of this condition, are often placed on the margins of society. Let us pray for Alzheimer’s patients, for their families and for those who lovingly care for them, so that they are always and increasingly supported and helped. I also join in prayer the men and women who undergo hemodialysis, dialysis and transplantation, who are present here with a representation”

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.