World Alzheimer’s Day is a day set aside each year to educate the public on the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million people in this country live with the disease. Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s. There are things each of us can do to help with the fight.
How You Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
1. Let Your Voice Be Heard. Our elected officials need to hear that Alzheimer’s research and the funding for it are a priority for their constituents. Let them know how you feel by email or through social media. You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representatives by email here. Don’t overlook the effectiveness of Twitter for having your voice heard. Use these links to find the twitter handles for your U.S. House of Representatives and your U.S. Senators. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #WalkAlz and #FightAlz.
2. Help Educate Your Community. Work with your local Alzheimer’s Association to help spread the word and raise money for the fight. Each local chapter sponsors a yearly “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” that you can participate in. Use your zip code to find your local chapter. You can also write a “Letter to the Editor” to your local papers on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) or during National Alzheimer’s Month in November.
3. Investigate Clinical Trials. If someone you love currently lives with Alzheimer’s, investigating clinical trials near you can help further research. These trials help researchers continue to learn what does and doesn’t work in the treatment and prevention of the disease. They are conducted at no cost to participants and some even reimburse for travel expenses. A good site to use to find a clinical trial near you is the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center at the National Institute on Aging. You can also call 1-800-438-4380 for information on studies near you.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how specialized training programs like Best FriendsTM can help support those living with it by visiting our website or calling the Elmcroft Senior Living community nearest you.
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