For those of you who aren’t familiar with older people’s care issues September is always World Alzheimer’s Month, so don’t be too surprised if my posts this month are all focused on different aspects of Dementia because quite a lot of new material appears at this time. So I’ll start with the obvious. The Alzheimer’s International World Alzheimer’s Month Page has opened and they have a great video and infographic that you can view and share and a number of other resources that you can use to spread the word. Go to World Alzheimer’s Month to take a look at and use their resources.
Later in the month the latest World Alzheimer Report 2016 will be launched by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in partnership with King’s College London and London School of Economics on the 20 September 2016. The following day, i.e. 21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day so expect more to be published via the ADI website.
Its also worth noting that World Suicide Prevention Day is a bit closer as it is on the 10 September, 2016. Again this day has its own website which is run by the organisation , the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), which is supported by WHO. The resources and information to support this day are available at:
Suicide amongst older people is a frequently over looked problem because of the high incidence in young men, but to get a good idea of how serious and relevant is in older people’s care there is a free to access Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Literature review from 2015 available at: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/Jane%20Leadbetter-%20Depressive%20disorder%20and%20suicide%20in%20the%20ol%C3%94%C3%87%C2%AA.pdf
Perhaps its time to raise more people’s awareness of this terrible risk.