World Alzheimer’s Day


World Alzheimer’s Day is an important day that raises awareness about a disease that affects millions of individuals and their loved ones worldwide. It serves as a reminder to make life easier for those living with Alzheimer’s and to cherish the value of memories. It is crucial to emphasise the importance of early detection and diagnosis as well as the need for ongoing research to find effective treatments and hopefully a cure.

Understanding what Alzheimer’s is may help reduce stigma and give support to those who need it. It is important to spread awareness about the disease and its impact on not only the individuals affected by it but their family and friends too.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and behaviour. As the disease progresses individuals may experience confusion, difficulty communicating and changes in personality. This can be extremely challenging for the person with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. However, it is important to remember that there is support available. There are multiple support groups and community resources that can provide assistance and guidance.

For individuals with Alzheimer’s, everyday tasks can become increasingly difficult. This means their memory, thinking and behaviour is affected. On World Alzheimer’s Day, we recognise the significance of creating environments that are understanding and accommodating for those affected by this condition.

This day also encourages us to reflect on the importance of spending quality time with our loved ones who have Alzheimer’s. Taking moments to engage in meaningful conversations or participating in activities that trigger positive memories can bring immense joy and comfort.

Let us use this day as an opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, support ongoing research efforts, and extend compassion towards those who are navigating this journey. Together, we can make a difference by promoting understanding, empathy and love for all individuals affected by this disease. We can all contribute to raising awareness for Alzheimer’s by sharing educational posts on social media, participating in fundraising activities, volunteering and organising events of your own.

Even if you don’t know anyone that suffers from Alzheimer’s you can still promote brain health and lifestyle choices that may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This can include regular exercise, a balanced diet, staying mentally active, reading, and ensuring you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals.

While it can impact individuals in any profession, including the music industry, there are specific challenges unique to artists and musicians with Alzheimer’s. For example, Alzheimer’s can affect an artist’s ability to compose, write lyrics or create new music. Alzheimer’s can hinder an artist’s ability to remember lyrics, musical arrangements or even perform on stage. The disease may also affect their coordination, leading to challenges with playing instruments or controlling their voice. Alzheimer’s can be emotionally challenging for artists who have dedicated their lives to their craft. Losing their creative abilities or struggling to remember past achievements can cause frustration, sadness and a sense of identity loss.

One thing that can often get forgotten about on World Alzheimer’s Day is acknowledging the caregivers who play a vital role in affected people’s lives. These caregivers provide a range of support and assistance. Not only do they help with daily activities like bathing and eating but they also offer emotional support, manage medications, ensure a safe environment and engage in activities that stimulate memory and cognition.

Please check:

Sade Carrington – Burke
D&I Assistant

For more information, please contact Helen in the DEI Team:
Helen Choudhury
Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
Champion of Menopause
Mental Health First Aider
[email protected]



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