If a senior you love has Alzheimer’s, you know all too well the impact it has on their life and family. Because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, friends and family members often feel powerless against the disease. Even after the senior has passed away, the emotional toll can linger for many years.
One way you can feel more empowered is by becoming an Alzheimer’s advocate.
4 Ways to Advocate for and Spread the Word About Alzheimer’s
In honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day on September 21, here are a few ways you can help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and the need for increased funding and research:
- Tell Congress: Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in this country. In 2018, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will cost people in the United States $277 billion. Use this form to urge your member of Congress to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research for 2019 and beyond.
- Join AIM: The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer’s Association. By joining AIM, you can help drive policy changes, raise money, and shine a spotlight on a disease that impacts the entire family. If you are a busy caregiver with limited time, you can advocate from home using social media and email.
- Volunteer for a clinical trial: Clinical trials provide researchers with opportunities to identify and explore potential causes and cures for Alzheimer’s disease. The ultimate goal is to learn what each of us can do to prevent Alzheimer’s. If a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, consider encouraging them to join a clinical trial. Be aware, however, that you don’t always have to have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia to participate in a trial. Visit “Trial Match” to search for a study near you.
- Participate in fundraising efforts: Alzheimer’s fundraising efforts happen every day in communities across the country. One of the biggest is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association sponsor these walks in more than 600 communities. You can start a team and join a walk near you. Click here to learn more.
Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
If you are the caregiver for a senior with Alzheimer’s, you might be looking for information and insight to help you in your role. That’s why we created our Memory Care Resources page. Here, you will find guides, checklists, and articles designed with Alzheimer’s caregivers in mind.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living