September celebrates World Alzheimer’s Day and National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
World Alzheimer’s Day
September 21st is World Alzheimer's Day. Today, 35 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (2009 World Alzheimer Report); as the world’s population grows older, this number will continue to increase. World Alzheimer's Day is an opportunity to raise international awareness about Alzheimer's disease and the need for more education, support, and research. To learn more and to view events taking place across the globe this month, please visit the Alzheimer's Association website.
Alzheimer’s Association. (2009) Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2009.03.001
To learn more about APA’s work on aging and geropsychology, please visit the Office on Aging webpage.
New test could improve early detection
A new test used by primary care doctors is more than 95 percent effective in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to developers, the test, called CST or “computerized self test,” works as a “fitness test” for the basic functions of thinking and processing information that are affected by Alzheimer’s and milder forms of cognitive impairment. Research published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that CST was more accurate than standard tests, accurately classifying 96 percent of the cognitively impaired participants compared to individuals showing now cognitive impairment, while the Mini-Mental Status Examination accurately classified 71 percent, and the Mini-God, 69 percent.
Dougherty, J.H., Cannon R. L., Nicholas, C. R., Hare, F., Carr, E., Dougherty, A., & Janowitz, J. (2010). The computerized self test (CST): An interactive, internet accessible cognitive screening test for dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 20, 185-195.
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
On September 29, an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 women are expected to participate in National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. The program focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. Women’s Health & Fitness Day will be part of a new national health observance, National Women’s Health & Fitness Week, to be held annually the last week in September.
Please visit the National Women’s Health and Fitness Day website to learn more.