Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness Worldwide

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 35 million individuals worldwide and costs the global economy more than $600 billion. Alzheimer’s is an international health epidemic that impacts people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of this devastating disease on a global level. If you know an individual who is in need of information on Alzheimer’s, you can direct them to the following resources in multiple languages from the Alzheimer’s Association:

• Brain Tour – A virtual tour of the brain that helps to explain how the brain works and how Alzheimer’s disease affects it. It is currently available in 14 languages including German, Polish, French and Spanish at alz.org.

• Know the 10 Signs – An easy-to-read list describing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Available at alz.org in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese.

• 24/7 Helpline – A round-the-clock information and support helpline provided by education specialists and masters level counselors. Services include bilingual Spanish-speaking consultants and interpretation for more than 170 languages. Call 1.800.272.3900.

• Online portals – Fully translated microsites with an overview of Alzheimer's disease, signs and symptoms, caregiving tips and more. These sites are currently available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese and can be accessed by visiting alz.org.

For those seeking information on Alzheimer’s in other languages, a local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association may also be a good resource. To find the chapter nearest you, visit alz.org.

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