WORLD ALZHEIMERS DAY is on September 21, the day chosen by the World Health Organization to focus on this debilitating disease. This dementing illness was named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who in 1906 was the first doctor to describe the characteristic brain changes of Alzheimers Disease (AD) victims.
In the Philippines, spearheading the educational campaign about the disease is the Alzheimers Disease Association of the Philippines (ADAP) led by its president, Ma. Socorro Martinez, M.D.AD affects all groups in society, regardless of social class, gender, race or geographical location. While it is more common among elderly persons, younger people have been known to be affected. Perhaps the most famous AD victim was the former US President Ronald Reagan who battled the disease for more than a decade. Because of Reagan, the world is now more aware of its devastating effects on the brain.