“Each step taken by an Alzheimer caregiver along their path is different. The journey, however, is the same … What is important for all to remember is that no one has to think that they are on their own. There are others that are on that journey currently, or like myself, have only the memories of the personal experience.” — Stan B., Walk to End Alzheimer’s volunteer committee member
Every year in more than 600 communities nationwide people come together by taking part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. We are anxiously awaiting the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 6 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This wonderful venue will welcome an estimated 4,000 walkers from more than 300 teams, including the fabulous Judson Team!
The walk raises awareness and funds that fuel local care and support services. In FY2019, the Cleveland Area Chapter served just over 5,900 unduplicated individuals throughout its five-county service area. Yet more must be done to assist families.
Dementia care coaching is just one of the ways the chapter serves families affected by Alzheimer’s or other dementias. This is a free service and can be done in person or by phone. Dementia care coaching provides personalized information, resources and strategies and creates an action plan to help with key decision making. Regular contact with staff provide ongoing support over time to assist with the care of the affected person.
The chapter’s dementia care consultants are available to provide support at any stage of the Alzheimer’s journey, including for those newly-diagnosed.
Care consultants stress “learn, talk and plan” with affected individuals and families. And, like Stan B. said, “no one has to think that they are on their own.”
Consider these tips for living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia:
- Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s and learn all you can about what you can expect
- Allow time to adjust to your diagnosis and take the time you need to feel sad or grieve current losses or the expectation of future changes
- Build a care team assembling a network of family and friends geared to help and support you
- Join an Alzheimer’s Association support group where persons exchange information as well as provide emotional support
- Plan for your future by making legal and financial plans so you can participate in key decision making
- Identify sources of stress and try to reduce them while getting regular medical checkups, eating well, exercising and proper rest when you can.
- Keep your body and mind active with social and physical activities you’ve always loved or try something new
- Raise your voice as an advocate or raise awareness and funds through events like Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.
Judson is proud to once again sponsor and participate in the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
If you or a family member is struggling with Alzheimer’s dementia or other cognitive changes, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help both in our chapter offices in Avon, Beachwood and Mentor as well as 24/7 by phone to the Helpline – 800.272.3900. Or visit www.alz.org