Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s in Old Bridge, NJ
Find a Way to Get Involved in Your Local Community
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect nearly 47 million people worldwide, with over 5 million individuals currently diagnosed in America. With no known cure, these numbers will only continue to increase year after year. Which is why the time to raise awareness is now. Every June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time designated to bring attention to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers. We support this cause at Reformed Church Home throughout the year, and encourage the local community to get involved too! One easy way to show your support this month is to wear purple, which has become the official color of the movement to end Alzheimer’s. So, grab a group of friends, find an event near you (or organize your own fundraiser), wear purple, and participate in the fight to end Alzheimer’s during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2019!
Use the Power of Social Media to Spread Awareness
One of the easiest ways to spread the word about the seriousness of Alzheimer’s and dementia is through the power of social media sites. Every June, the Alzheimer’s Association invites people to share their stories about Alzheimer’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other online sites to help eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease and open up the floor for a conversation about it. When posting, use the hashtag #endalz. You can even post links to your own fundraising drive to encourage people to donate to Alzheimer’s research. Want to show your support on your Facebook page? Add a frame for the rest of June to your profile picture by going to bit.ly/2GjEAJz and follow the instructions. Using every tool available will help spread awareness and raise needed funds to help find a cure!
Join the Cause by Attending a Longest Day Event or Organizing One
Every year on the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) people from across the globe come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s by hosting events to raise funds and spread awareness. These events can come in many forms, including parties, sports activities, game tournaments, art festivals, live music, and so much more. At Reformed Church Home, we will do a Memory Walk in recognition of The Longest Day with our residents, staff, and families. We do this to honor those with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and the movement to end Alzheimer’s in our lifetime. We will carry and plant purple, yellow, and other plastic flower pinwheels (like the ones used at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events) in our Memorial Garden, and observe prayers and a 65-second period of silence to acknowledge that someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds! If you know of a local event for the Longest Day, you can get involved by attending. If you haven’t heard of any local events for the Longest Day, search by zip code at www.alz.org > Get Involved > The Longest Day. If you organize your own event, register with the Alzheimer’s Association. Your event can feature any activity that you enjoy doing or you can choose an activity in honor of someone fighting the disease or a caregiver. Whatever you choose, the staff and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Association will be there to help through the process, offering tools, tips, and coaching.
Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in hundreds of communities around the United States each year, usually in early Fall. When you register a team for this event, the Alzheimer’s Association will provide you with free, easy-to-use tools and support to help your team reach their fundraising goal. There is no fee to register for this event and no required number of members to form a team (though it’s recommended to have a team of 10). You can gather a group of family members, friends, coworkers, or a combination of all three to form a team and begin raising funds today. To find a walk in your area by checking the Alzheimer’s Association website and sign up – the cause does not end when June is over! Reformed Church Home will have a team at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Bradley Beach, NJ. If you wish to join our team, contact 732-607-9230.
Donate to the Cause
If you have a busy schedule that doesn’t allow for attending or organizing an event, the easiest way to get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s in Old Bridge, NJ is through a monetary donation. By donating to the Alzheimer’s Association, you know your contribution will go toward Alzheimer’s care and research to help find a cure.
Help Out an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Those individuals caring for someone with Alzheimer’s face hard work and stress every day as they try to provide for their ill loved one. In the month of June or any month for that matter, make an effort to help these hard-working individuals. Ask them if they need anything or how you can better support them in the future. This could be as easy as bringing them a meal, a coffee, picking up groceries, or sending a card.
Visit Someone Fighting the Disease
Spending time with a loved one fighting Alzheimer’s is an important way to show you care, especially for those in the early stages of the disease. This time can be extremely scary and stressful as the person may be fearing the progression of the disease and how it will affect their lives. Being there to show your support can make a world of difference. Patients in the late stages of the disease also benefit from visits by loved ones even after they are no longer able to recognize you.
What Can I Do to Help in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s?
Though getting involved with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month 2019 is already an important step to help end the disease, there are other actions you can take to help find a cure. With the support of communities like Old Bridge, NJ and across the country, we can reach our goal of treating and curing Alzheimer’s. Here are some actions you can take to make that possible:
- Participate in a clinical trial: If you are a healthy adult or have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, we encourage you to join a clinical trial. This will help give doctors and researchers valuable information into the disease that may otherwise not be known.
- Undergo genetic testing: You can assess your risk of developing the disease by undergoing a test that will determine your level of a genetic predisposition for it.
- Spread the word: Get the word out to the makers of change in our country by calling, emailing, or tweeting your congress members and senators from New Jersey. With the voices of many individuals, we can encourage the government to increase funding for research and FDA approval for more drugs that treat the disease.
- Get educated: Make it a priority to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, including risk factors, treatments, and studies.
- Speak up: If you see symptoms of the disease in yourself or someone you love, don’t be afraid to speak up and see a healthcare professional. Destigmatize the disease and get the conversation going about warning signs and other important facts.
- Join the fight: Get involved using one of the methods on this page, donate, or volunteer at your favorite Alzheimer’s awareness organizations.
Support the Cause Today!
There are many things you can do to get involved in your local community of Old Bridge, NJ and help end Alzheimer’s. Reformed Church Home has joined the fight, and encourages everyone to get out and do something this June in support of this cause!