September is World Alzheimer’s Month, aiming to raise awareness and champion the rights of people with dementia.
World Alzheimer’s Month is a campaign led by GADAA member Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). Under the Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) banner we will be making the most of this opportunity, and encourage you to do so too!
If you do one thing, please tweet, and encourage others to, using the World Alzheimer’s Month hashtag #WAM2016.
You could also:
- Promote World Alzheimer’s Month to your networks.
Talk about dementia on social media, run a feature on your website, blog or newsletter, even get involved in media activity. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. Tell your supporters and partners why urgent action is needed on dementia worldwide, and how it relates to your core aims.
- Tell your teams about dementia & GADAA.
The ethos of GADAA is that the impact of dementia is cross-cutting and we all have a role to play to tackle it worldwide. Use World Alzheimer’s Month to communicate to your staff why your organisation is part of the GADAA network and how dementia impacts on your wider work. Also take the opportunity to support staff that may be impacted by dementia and to signpost to the support available to help people living with the condition.
- Join up with national Alzheimer’s associations worldwide.
ADI has a global network of 85 national Alzheimer’s associations. Find out what’s happening in the countries where your teams and partners work, and collaborate on national activity to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month with them.
- Take ADI’s ‘Post-it note action’.
For World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s Disease International is encouraging Alzheimer’s associations, individuals and organisations to share sticky notes of their favourite memories, or memories of a loved one, on social media this September with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016.
- Arrange a Dementia Friends session.
The actor Carey Mulligan celebrated World Alzheimer’s Month by promoting the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends social action programme and encouraging similar initiatives worldwide. Similar programmes have started in Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Nigeria; with Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Israel, Mauritius, Puerto Rico and USA also working towards programme launches. Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend and request a free session for your staff or board.
Contact us if you would like support to mark World Alzheimer’s Month. ADI has produced a toolkit for NGOs. We can also support with template tweets, suggested wording for internal or external comms, graphics and stats for example.
We hope you can mark the occasion with at least a tweet, but hopefully more!