Raising Awareness during National Alzheimer’s Month
November 1, 2019
November is National Alzheimer’s Month. Here are a few ways you can help raise awareness about this difficult disease.
When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the whole family feels the impact. From wanting to feel connected to needing assistance with personal care, your loved one will eventually require round-the-clock support.
The emotional side of watching a loved one’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being decline can be devastating. The disease often leaves friends and family members feeling helpless. Some find empowerment as advocates in the search for treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s.
November is National Alzheimer’s Month. It is the perfect time for families to raise awareness about a disease that 5.8 million Americans are living with.
Advocating for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease
If you and your family want to become Alzheimer’s advocates, we have a few ideas for you to consider:
1. Raise awareness:
There is an overall lack of awareness about what Alzheimer’s disease is and how it impacts families. You can help change that by sharing your knowledge and experience. Post updates on your social media channels. Write a “Letter to the Editor” for your community’s newspaper. Recruit friends to form a team for your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
2. Contact legislators:
Grassroots advocacy can impact legislation at both the state and federal levels. By signing up for Action Alerts, you may be able to influence your elected officials. You might ask for their vote on a funding program or with laws related to health care. Alzheimer’s organizations will contact you for help making phone calls or sending emails about important, time-sensitive advocacy issues.
3. Participate in a clinical trial:
It’s a myth that clinical trials only seek people with Alzheimer’s disease. Many trials look for healthy participants, too. If your schedule permits, call your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about trials happening near you.
4. Donate and raise money:
If you are able, donating to an Alzheimer’s organization is another way to advocate. The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America help fund research, professional caregiver training, family resources, and more.
Even small things, like wearing a purple ribbon during November, can start a conversation about Alzheimer’s that educates people.
Memory Care for Adults with Dementia
If you or someone in your family is feeling overwhelmed by their role as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, it may be time to consider a move to a memory care community. Memory care programs are designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s or a similar form of dementia live their best life despite the disease.
At Legacy Senior Living, our highly regarded memory care is known as The Harbor. These programs are designed to be a refuge from the storms associated with memory disorders. We invite you to call the Legacy community nearest you to learn more about memory care.