While we work with seniors and families facing a variety of health challenges, it is often most challenging to work in situations when the issues are related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
That is in part why we join other groups, organizations and individuals recognizing June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
Current research suggests that Alzheimer’s impacts 6.2 million Americans 65 and older. That number is expected to double by 2050 to 12.7 million. Most Americans have a family member or someone else they know with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
While there is ongoing research about how to treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, we are a long way from the goal of finding a cure.
That’s what makes designations on a calendar like Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month so important. It serves as a time for all of us to consider the fact that Alzheimer’s and other dementias are a major public health issue and to consider, as a society, what we can do about it.
The leading organization in the fight against Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association. With the support of many celebrities and other high-profile individuals, the Alzheimer’s Association uses this month to raise awareness, funds for research and praise caregivers, who have the biggest challenge when it comes to dealing with this disease.
As part of this month-long awareness event, this Sunday, June 20, is the Longest Day – a fundraiser offering opportunities for participants to engage in a variety of activities designed to raise awareness and funds.
Among those is a community-based fundraiser sponsored by Touching Hearts at Home – Donuts for Seniors & Dementia. It starts Sunday and runs for a full week. Click here to learn more about it.
To learn more and donate to the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to provide care and support research through Palm Aging’s Walk team, you can click here.
Finally, one more note about The Longest Day. This year, it coincides with Father’s Day. If you are blessed with a healthy father, enjoy the day with him. If your father has Alzheimer’s or is no longer with you due to Alzheimer’s or for another reason, this is a great opportunity to do something special in his honor.