Ain Shams University celebrates today the World Alzheimer's Day, which falls on September 21 of each year, under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Meteini, President of Ain Shams University, and Prof. Dr. Ghada Farouk, Acting Vice President for Community Service and Environmental Development, and Prof. Dr. Osama Mansour, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Chairman of the University Hospitals Board of Directors, and Prof. Dr. Hala Suwaid, Vice Dean for Community Service and Environmental Development.
The celebration of Ain Shams University and the Faculty of Medicine comes on the International Alzheimer's Day, where the university and college are lit in purple, which is the distinctive color of Alzheimer's disease.
The events include holding an awareness symposium for the university’s employees to introduce Alzheimer’s disease, its symptoms, methods of treatment, how to prevent it and dealing with the disease in early cases, in which Prof. Dr. Tarek Okasha, Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, President of Alzheimer's Association Egypt, and Prof. Dr. Mohamed Shawky, Professor of Elderly Medicine and Health, Faculty of Medicine, at exactly ten o’clock on Wednesday morning at Al-Binhawi auditorium, Faculty of Medicine.
Prof. Dr. Hala Suwaid, Vice Dean of the Faculty, said that this year's celebration is entitled "Knowing Alzheimer's - Beyond Diagnosis", so the idea of organizing this symposium was to raise awareness of early symptoms and the importance of preventing the disease, while at the same time reducing fear of it.
Prof. Dr. Hala Suwaid indicated that those who suffer from some symptoms will be followed up later by Dr. Heba Tawfik is a professor of geriatrics in the mental skills lab at the Elderly Hospital at Ain Shams University Hospitals.
Prof. Dr. Tarek Okasha explained that dementia is a group of diseases that affect humans and lead to a deterioration in cognitive functions such as attention, concentration and memory. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia, 60% of dementias are caused by Alzheimer's and 40% are other causes.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common and worrying diseases with age, especially in the absence of any curative drug to eliminate it.
Alzheimer's disease is named after the German scientist Alois Alzheimer who discovered it in 1906.