September 21st is Alzheimer´s Day. Alzheimer´s is the neurodegenerative disease with the highest incident rate of dementia in the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 35.6 million people in the world who suffer from dementia and each year 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed.
We are reminded by Milagros Carvajal of Afacayle that in Spain there are between 800.000 and 1.2 million people suffering from Alzheimer´s, of whom 60% of the total are dependent. Afacayle is the Regional Federation of Associations of Relatives of Alzheimer´s and other dementias in Castile and León.
Alzheimer is a disease that can be very hard to bear not only for those who suffer it but also for those around them. The story “In case tomorrow” by Jesús Espada, winner of the first prize in the competition of Love Letters celebrated in Cobisa (Toledo) in 2014, describes the life of a person with the disease in a realistic, endearing way.
This is a disease that one can live with for many years, which impairs enormously the quality of life not only of the sufferer but also family and relatives. We share the observation “We live longer but we also want to live better” made by the Fundación Pascual Maragall dedicated to research on the disease.