World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organisations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease. As an example at current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050 and this number will be equally impactful for Australia.

Alzheimer's disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. Simple changes to your everyday life can protect the brain, body and heart and can help reduce the risk of developing dementia. Visit yourbrainmatters.org.au for more information.

The Queensland branch of Alzheimers Australia is getting behind Dementia Awareness Month which is being held from 1 September to 30 September nationwide. The theme for the month is Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation.

The goal is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. Various events are being organised around the country. For Queensland based events visit https://qld.fightdementia.org.au/events

This morning the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is hosting a dementia friendly tour. This interactive tour at the Queensland Art Gallery coincides with World Alzheimer's Day and is designed for visitors living with dementia and their family member, carer or support worker. The participant-focused tour encourages reminiscence, conversation and shared experiences. Tours are delivered by a volunteer guide at a relaxed pace and will take approximately one hour. Entry is free

Places are limited and bookings are required. To book, please call Michael on 07 3895 8200 or email qld.registrations@alzheimers.org.au

Right at Home Australia is your local expert for emotional, physical and financial issues related to caring for your loved one, and we're dedicated to keeping you informed. Right at Home Australia offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance so your loved one can continue living independently and enjoying a vibrant life. Our caregivers are screened, trained and insured prior to entering your home, so you can trust us with the caregiving and focus on the love.

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