Today marks World Alzheimer’s Day 2021. Celebrated on September 21st of each year, this is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At the current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.
It was also on this day in 1981 that Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice. When O’Connor announced her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2018, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “She strived mightily to make what was momentous for women in 1981, the year she was appointed to the Court, no longer extraordinary, but entirely expectable. I am among legions of women endeavoring to follow her lead.”
Read more about Justice O’Connor’s battle with the disease.
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