How You Can Help Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness.
Every one of us is capable of doing something to contribute to Alzheimer’s awareness. There are large ways to help and small ways, but each one strikes another blow in the fight against the disease.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 things people can do to help raise awareness and make an impact, not just during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month but all 365 days of the year. Learn more:
1. Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Communities all across the nation participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which aims “to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.” The collective show of support is a visible demonstration of solidarity in the fight against Alzheimer’s. With assistance from the Alzheimer’s Association, participants endeavor to meet an individual fundraising goal, and the proceeds directly help the association in its mission to provide education and support to families of those with Alzheimer’s, advocate for their needs, and help advance research studies into treatment and prevention. Visit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s page to search for a walk near you. They usually take place in the fall, so it’s a great lead-up to Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November.
2. Inform Yourself and Share: Alzheimer’s Forecast by State
The progression of Alzheimer’s is happening more quickly than almost any other illness in the U.S., but there is still no cure. You can help raise awareness of the seriousness of this epidemic by sharing our infographic slideshow that illustrates the frighteningly rapid increase predicted for the disease – an increase that will disproportionately affect some states more than others over the next few decades. Use the buttons above to share on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest with one click.
3. Join Our ALZ “Selfie” Awareness Campaign
We want to know why ending Alzheimer’s is important to you – as an individual, as a family and as a caregiver. If you’ve been affected by the disease – or even if you haven’t been directly affected – we are reaching out and asking you to hold up a sign that reads “I want to #EndAlz because…” It’s a chance to speak out and share your commitment to ending Alzheimer’s, and we’ll turn it right around and post it to our contest page. There, you can view your entry and the other submitted photos to see the myriad of reasons why it’s so important to #EndAlz.
4. Make a Donation to an Alzheimer’s Organization
There are truly so many ways to donate, and there are numerous opportunities listed on the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America web pages, if you need a place to start. You can simply donate money online and it will go towards the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but there are other ways to donate, too – you can donate stock or an old car and receive some tax benefits to boot; you can donate to the cause of a participant in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; you can plan a bequest in your will; and much more.
5. Inform Yourself and Share: 7 Things You Can Do To Help End Alzheimer’s
Our friends at Alzheimers.net has a wonderful infographic that you can share on your favorite social media site – simply use the one-click buttons at the top of the page. The infographic includes 7 effective ways you can join the fight against the disease, from joining clinical trials to writing your congressperson. We hope you’ll find it a great tool for raising awareness. And, after learning and sharing, it’s just one more step to start doing.
6. Host Your Own Alzheimer’s Benefit
“Have fun, do good, end Alzheimer’s” – that’s what the Alzheimer’s Association wants people to do when they express an interest in holding a fundraising event. It can be as simple as a movie night where you pass around a donation envelope, or as elaborate as a benefit party to commemorate the life of a loved one. No matter how you choose to raise awareness among your own social circle, the Alzheimer’s Association has a wide range of ideas and resources to get you started.