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World Alzheimer's Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer's organizations 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. Known as a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone, Alzheimer's can be extremely impactful. 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.

This year, Alzheimer's Australia is promoting their Dementia Awareness Month Selfie Challenge. On World Alzheimer's Day, Wednesday 21 September, they want all Australian's affected by Alzheimer's to take a selfie to let people know that they are not alone if they are managing the impact of dementia.

"Dementia impacts all Australians and we all have a part to play in making our communities a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value" says Alzheimer's Australia.

To get involved download the selfie card, take a photo of yourself holding that card and share it on your social media using the #Dementia2016

Alzheimer's Australia share some tips to help with your post:

  • Use the campaign hashtag #Dementia2016
  • Take the photo quite close up so the writing on the poster can be easily read by your followers.
  • Feel free to dedicate your social media post to a loved one living with dementia, someone who has died with dementia or someone caring for someone living with dementia.
  • Please don't joke about memory loss or dementia in your post. For people who do experience this symptom of dementia, forgetting things can be devastating.
  • Remind your followers that they are not alone if they are impacted by dementia and encourage them to seek information or support by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 (Mon-Fri 9-5) or by visiting www.fightdementia.org.au If you are not able to post it on World Alzheimer's Day, you can still take part and post any time throughout September to raise awareness about dementia and the information and support available to those impacted.

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