November was designated as the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. At that time, less than 2 million Americans had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Today, that number has more than doubled to 5.4 million. Take into consideration the caregivers, who are also greatly affected, and the number of people impacted by this progressive neurological disease reaches nearly 15 million people.
So, besides wearing purple, what are some ways you can show your support during the month of November?
Participate in Your Local Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event
Alzheimer’s Association’s across the nation hold annual walks in more than 600 communities. These walks are the world’s largest events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. November obviously is one of the most popular months to host a Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Find out how you can fund-raise, volunteer and show your support at a walk near you by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association’s webpage.
Be an Advocate for Change
Join the thousands of Alzheimer’s disease advocates in their work to encourage the U.S. government to prioritize and consider the disease and its victims in national policy. You can visit the Alzheimer’s Advocacy 101 webpage to learn about ways and resources available to make your voice heard. You can visit the Alzheimer’s Advocates Center webpage to pledge your support to the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Honor a Caregiver
Being a caregiver to someone is often a seemingly endless and thankless job. The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to honor a caregiver by leaving an online tribute on their website. This is an easy and free way to both say thank you and shed a spotlight on someone who is so deserving of recognition.
A donation, no matter the amount, helps to fund research and services for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Your donations are tax deductible and can be made in several ways: a tribute to someone, on a monthly basis, sponsoring a walker in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, etc. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s webpage to find out all the ways you can make a contribution.
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