With A Purpose Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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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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5 Responses to With A Purpose Alzheimer’s and Dementia

  1. Pooja Sharma says:

    Well-written! Mental Health should be given an appropriate stand in society

  2. Dody says:

    A very personal and emotional piece. Thanks for this reminder that we should take time out of our busy lives to help those in need. That’s what life is really all about.

  3. Wow! Hugs, my dear! I lost my paternal Grandmother to this last month.
    Thanks for sharing this information. Sounds like your grandmother was an amazing person whom you miss greatly.

    • RCGG says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss! You are in my prayers! Yes, she was amazing! She did so much for the church and community. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. jhas2017 says:

    Thanks for this, and I’m sorry to hear about your GrandMother and the toll it took on your Mother. Care Giver stress is such a devestating reality. I work in Healthcare and primarily with Residents in Long Term Care Homes who have Dementia. Thank you for the information on the Longest Day! I will look into that for sure! http://www.jillianschleger.com/seo-blog/

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