World Alzheimer’s Day highlights the need for sufferers to be included

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day–a time to honor both people with dementia and their caregivers. Currently, 38 million people globally are affected by dementia. That number is expected to rise to 115 million by the year 2050.

Today is a good day to take a look at The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia. The report, released today, shares results from a worldwide survey conducted with people with dementia and carers on their personal experiences of stigma. The report provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights best practices in the field of dementia, and makes recommendations which could help reduce stigma.

Nicole Batsch, a former member of the TMC Senior Services team and one of the authors of the report, says,”I want you to take a moment to think about the people you know with dementia – whether in your family, or someone else’s family and think about how you can help them stay connected in everyday life perhaps with a smile, a conversation (being patient to wait for the answer) and activities you can enjoy together like visiting a park.”

According to Batsch, the message in the report is one of social exclusion by society. She insists that it is up to everyone to include people with dementia.

“Don’t be uncomfortable talking to a person with dementia or their carer. They need your help. Ask them how you can help,” she says.

The report and accompanying video can be found at:



  1. I appreciate your input on this quiet giant of loss to mtenal health. I do not suffer from this but I have known some who did and a few who presently deal with this silent killer. For me, the statement of conditions of Alzheimer’s has limited direct family impact for me but this disease floats like a haze that can settle on anyone. I quietly consider this for me, if for any other reason, the direct and indirect impact of this disease would have on me and those I care for. Thanks for your effort, Tom Harrison

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