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Pope Francis highlights dementia during General Audience address

Wednesday 18 September 2019

During his General Audience on 18 September 2019, Pope Francis raised the issue of dementia, highlighting the need for people with dementia, as well as their families and carers, to be supported. Additionally, Pope Francis announced that 21 September 2019 marked World Alzheimer’s Day, calling for better attention for people affected by dementia worldwide, as well as the need to remove stigma around dementia.

Pope Francis stated: "Next September 21st is World Alzheimer's Day, a disease that affects many men and women, who, due to this disease, are often victims of violence and abuse that trample their dignity. We pray for the conversion of hearts and for those affected by Alzheimer's disease, for their families and for those who lovingly care for them. I also associate them with prayer, the memory of those suffering from cancer, so that they are also increasingly supported, both in the prevention and treatment of this disease." (The remarks were made in Italian – the translation has been taken from ADI’s website). A video of the Pope’s comments, in Italian, can be found here: