With A Purpose Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Did you know…
Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s?
It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
10% of people age 65+ has Alzheimer’s.
Between 2000 and 2014, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease as recorded on death certificates increased 89 percent, while deaths from the number one cause of death (heart disease) decreased 14 percent.
Alzheimer’s disease is a cause that has become very dear to my heart. In October 2015, my grandmother passed away after a short battle with this disease. It was hard to see her losing her memory, but it was harder to see my mom take care of her. Even though I wasn’t there to see the stress the disease was putting on them I could hear it in my mom’s voice whenever I talked to her.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on the caregivers because of the emotional and physical difficulties on everyone! Families have to go through the pain of watching their loved one slip away. Knowing that they are still there, but can’t remember anything is heartbreaking!
How can I help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
There are a couple of ways you can help! The walk for the cure is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Walking is something we do everyday! Why not make it count towards finding a cure for a disease!
Another way to help awareness for Alzheimer’s is the Longest Day. I recently found this one and thought it was a great idea! Basically all you have to do is sign up for the fundraiser and choose something you love to do. Then you raise money while doing your activity!
My grandma loved to bake. So if I signed up for The Longest Day I would bake as many of her favorite items and have a bake sale.
So take some time out of your day and help raise some money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and Dementia! Even a small amount can help!
Today would have been my grandma’s 91st birthday. Over the last few years of her life she may not have remembered who I was but she knew that I was the one in Georgia! She lived a full and happy life and I thank God that I had her in my life! She was truly a blessing to everyone who met her!
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