“The most beautiful and soothing thing that we can do to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s is to love them and not judge them. Happy World Alzheimer’s Day.”
September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day and September is world Alzheimer’s month. Communities and the Alzheimer’s Association are raising awareness to end Alzheimer’s disease.
Local and online education, support groups and conferences honor the 35.6 million people globally afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
Family caregivers play a vital role in the management and day-to-day care of those people who have Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and it is fatal. Currently, there is no way to prevent, cure, or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the US. Research and new treatment are ongoing.
Here are a few ways YOU can make an impact and raise awareness, not just during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, but any day of the year.
Walk to end Alzheimer’s
Organizations come together in all communities across the nation to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Dates vary and multiple locations are available.
Make a donation of money or time to an Alzheimer’s organization
There are truly so many ways to donate, and there are numerous opportunities. You can find other ways listed on the Alzheimer’s Association. You can simply donate money online. This money will go towards the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
You can also donate your time by volunteering. Many charitable organizations depend on the help of dedicated volunteers. This time can be at events but also to be a voice to spread the word.
Educate others on how to help end Alzheimer’s
Alzheimers.net shares 7 ways you can join the fight against the disease, including joining a clinical trial, get genetic testing, and more.
Empower others by sharing your Alzheimer’s story
Sharing a personal story helps others to realize they are not alone and is a gentle way to provide encouragement to other caregivers. Submit your story here: https://familycaregiversonline.net/submit-your-story/
Sources: The Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimers.net, and other sources.
We hope this information is helpful to you in the important work you do as a family caregiver.
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