Walk to End Alzheimer's During World Alzheimer's Month

Alzheimer’s Disease can be a lonely one — lonely for those who endure it and lonely for the caregiver. In fact, studies show that loneliness increases the chances of getting a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

September is World Alzheimer’s month and September 21 is Alzheimer's Action Day. Participants are encouraged to “Go Purple”, change Twitter and Facebook profile pictures to the purple End Alz icon, and speak up and share stories of Alzheimer’s in the hopes of eliminating the stigma associated with the disease.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ (previously known as The Memory Walk) is an opportunity for individuals and communities to gather together to, according to one call for walk volunteers, “remember, honor, care and fight for the many living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.”

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to 2012 statistics. It affects 5.4 million older Americans (or one in eight). And cost for care in the United States for 2012 are estimated to be around $200 billion and doesn’t even take into account the estimated billions of dollars of care provided by an estimated 15 million caregivers.

Walks are scheduled around the nation to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. If your city’s walk occurred earlier in the month, don’t despair; nearby walks could be scheduled well into October.

Consider joining a team, walking as an individual or starting your own team. Share your stories, remember those who you’ve lost or simply provide your support in the Alzheimer’s Association mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

If you are already caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Caregiverlist has partnered with the leading producer of training videos for the caregiving industry, Terra Nova Films, to assist our caregiving community with understanding how to care for the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of those suffering from the disease.

 

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