In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and it is still celebrated today. Former President Reagan made this decision just 11 years before he was diagnosed with the disease himself. Reagan made the news public, saying “making this news known in a public way … we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition."
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer's Disease is a form of dementia and can lead to memory, cognitive and behavioral problems. The disease grows over time and eventually gets to a point where the person can no longer perform routine daily tasks.
What can you do to help find a cure?
There are a few ways in which you can help find a cure for this terrible disease.
- Volunteer with the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the Planning Committee. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a nationwide event that happens at various times in 600 different communities throughout the year. Planning Committee members plan each walk from the kick-off to the wrap up to include marketing and outreach, sponsorship, team recruitment and retention.
- Become an Advocate for Alzheimer’s Awareness. Advocacy opportunities are available on the local, state, and national level. Advocates curate relationships with government officials and raise awareness for the cause. There are a variety of ways in which you can be an advocate without going to Congress. You can raise awareness through local media and social media, you can meet with elected officials, and you can coordinate outreach and fundraising events.
- You can also sign up for a clinical trial. Clinical trials are research studies conducted on people to test the safety and effectiveness of treatments. Aside from fundraising, this is the most difficult part of finding a cure.
If you or your loved ones are in need of care due to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, reach out to Senior Helpers Charleston. Their licensed practical nurses are trained in caring for your loved ones here in Mount Pleasant, Charleston, Daniel Island, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, James Island, and surrounding areas.