Sept. 26, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer's Month was launched in 2012. World Alzheimer's Day is on 21 September each year. Here in the Far North whanau have come together to share time walking and raising awareness regarding the disease.
Kevin Salmon, General Manager of Alzheimer's Northland wants to raise awareness of Alzheimers and memory loss. A yearly Hīkoi (walk) in support of whānau who are affected by Alzhemier's & dementia was held in Whangarei. The memory walk has been held through about 30 place, towns and cities though out New Zealand.
September 2017 marks the 6th global World Alzheimer's Month, and will utilise the theme of 'Remember me' to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. The impact of World Alzheimer's Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem, that requires global action.