World IBD day is celebrated globally on the 19th of May on an annual basis.

It is led by patient organisations representing World IBD Day is coordinated by the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) in over 50 countries on five continents.

This year, for World IBD Day, the EFCCA would like to raise awareness about the impact IBD has on elderly
people. Under the slogan “IBD has no age”.

The EFCCA have stated that they “want to put the focus on elderly people (60 plus) and see how living with Crohn ́s disease and Ulcerative Colitis (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease) is impacting on their quality of life and care”.

What is IBD?

According to IBDclinic.ca: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic life-long condition of the
gastrointestinal tract. In these conditions various parts of the digestive system, which includes the bowels
(intestines), become swollen, inflamed and ulcerated. This inflammation leads to disruption of the natural
processes of digesting food, absorbing nutrition and eliminating waste in a healthy manner.”

IBDclinic.ca also states on their site that there is no cure for IBD, however, with medical treatments, IBD can be kept in a state of suspension.

How do I join in World IBD day?

You can join in World IBD Day by:

  • Sharing on social media – by sharing articles and information about World IBD day, what IBD is and what others can do to further our research in IBD.

    The hashtags which are being used this year is #WorldIDBday2022 and #IBDhasnoage.
  • Sharing with friends and family – According to gutscharity.org.uk: “51% of people delay seeking advice for their symptoms for over 6 months! By breaking the stigma, people will become more knowledgeable about red flags for all digestive diseases and get the help they need.”

What can I do to help?

If you would like to help by donating to a charity focused on IBD, then please donate to one of the following charities:

  • Guts UK – Guts UK is committed to fighting all digestive diseases, including IBD. The donations are
    used to “fund research leading to earlier diagnoses, kinder treatments and ultimately, a cure.” If you
    would like to donate to Guts UK, then please go to https://gutscharity.org.uk/donate.

  • Crohn’s & Colitis UK – “We’re here to give people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis hope, comfort and confidence. To make sure their voices are heard and help them live freer, fuller lives. For whatever they need, whenever they need it, we’re here. And we’re not going anywhere until we’ve beaten Crohn’s and Colitis for good.” If you would like to donate to Crohn’s & Colitis UK, then please go to https://crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/donate.

  • Bowel Disease UK – “Bowel disease UK is a registered charity funding clinical research into treatments for bowel disease. Our research is carried out under the close guidance of our trustee, Professor Devinder Kumar, a leading gastrointestinal surgeon and researcher.” If you would like to donate to Bowel Disease UK, then please go to https://www.justgiving.com/bduk.

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