A version of this post written by Amy O'Connor originally appeared on LillyPad US.
It is September and this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month theme is “Remember Me.” For me, it’s a reminder of what Lilly is fighting for in our decade’s long research to treat, cure, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The people living with Alzheimer’s and the lifetime of memories each of them has. There are approximately 47 million people around the world living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. That’s almost the population of Spain. And, if nothing changes, that number will almost triple to more than 130 million in just over 30 years according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Taking steps to recognize and mitigate the global impact of Alzheimer’s disease is no easy undertaking. The brain is a complicated part of the body and, while we’ve learned much about Alzheimer’s, we still have a long way to go before we can make its impact on our lives a distant memory.
While we learn more from a scientific perspective, public understanding of the disease needs to grow as well. There’s still work to be done to raise awareness about the devastating emotional and financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease.
At Lilly, we are committed to supporting policies that recognize the growing global threat of Alzheimer’s disease. A tireless, decades-old commitment by scientists in the pharmaceutical industry is bringing us closer and closer to breakthroughs as we search for novel therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative diseases. The dramatic impact of Alzheimer’s is an issue that no one organization or government can solve. Together with scientists, researchers and medical professionals from around the world, we’re deepening our understanding of Alzheimer’s and revolutionizing the way we detect, prevent and treat the disease.
This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, join voices from around the world to raise awareness about the global impact of Alzheimer’s. Do you have a story to share about Alzheimer’s? You can join the conversation with Alzheimer’s Disease International here or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtags #WAM2016 and #RememberMe.