Each September, countries around the globe recognize World Alzheimer’s Month. This annual campaign was first started in 2012 for the purpose of raising awareness of this disease and fighting against the stigma of dementia. Whether your loved one is currently receiving dementia care or has already passed on, there are plenty of impactful ways you can honor him or her during World Alzheimer’s Month.
Raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
Use credible websites and books to become better informed of Alzheimer’s disease. Use your social media profiles, if applicable, to help spread the word about the warning signs of dementia and the importance of an early diagnosis. Consider organizing a public educational event. You could approach your local library about using a public meeting room there, and then invite speakers to talk to the public about Alzheimer’s.
Spread the word at the workplace.
This September, arrange a casual dress day at your office, and encourage everyone to wear something purple in honor of World Alzheimer’s Month. If you are an employer, consider joining the Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance, which is comprised of nearly 2,000 companies dedicated to raising awareness and improving work/life balance for family caregivers.
Become an advocate for Alzheimer’s research.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s—yet. Join thousands of others in raising your voice in support of funding the crucial research that may one day lead to a cure. Call your Congressional representatives, start and sign petitions, and request one-on-one meetings with elected officials to urge them to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research.
Join your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter.
Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association bring together families affected by Alzheimer’s. They connect families to resources and support, and in turn, families often contribute to local efforts to make a difference. Your local chapter might organize any of the following:
- Lobby days at offices of elected officials
- Fundraising walks
- Educational/awareness events
- Conferences for professionals and the public
Ask about volunteer opportunities in your area, and consider donating to Alzheimer’s research in honor of your loved one.
Throughout our many years of providing loving care to our residents, Avalon Memory Care has been given multiple recognitions for our unique model of Alzheimer’s support. Take a tour of our memory care homes in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, and find out for yourself why so many families have chosen us. You can reach us at (214) 752-7050.