World Alzheimer’s Day
21 SEPTEMBER 2009

On September 21st the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will recognize World Alzheimer/s Day. Alzheimer/s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion.

Symptoms may include:

• loss of memory
• difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying
• difficulty in performing previously routine tasks
• personality and mood changes

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has implemented the following grants to support people suffering from dementia and help with their treatment:

2007  Synapsis Foundation

2006/2008  The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

2006  Association Alzheimer Côte d´Azur

2005  Mount Sinai School of Medicine

2005  Nestor Association

The theme for World Alzheimer´s Day™ 2009 is Diagnosing Dementia: See It Sooner.  Every year on September 21st, Alzheimer associations across the globe unite for this cause.  Greece will honor the day with a memory walk, discussions with doctors, and speaking, TV and radio engagements.

http://www.alzheimer-hellas.gr/