September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. A day we dedicate to raise awareness and challenge the stigma about Alzheimer’s Disease. This blog post was written by the Alzheimer’s Association – Cleveland Area Chapter.
Yes, nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. The costs of the disease are staggering and by 2050, 14 million will be affected. In the face of these sobering facts, where is the hope?
For some, hope resides in early detection and diagnosis. And the elimination of stigma associated with the disease.
We’re so proud that Rev. Tracey Lind, a wonderful friend of Judson, is serving as the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s® honorary chair. Tracey was diagnosed nearly two years ago with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) forcing her to retire as dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland.
In a recent op-ed published on Cleveland.com, Tracey writes of her dementia diagnosis, “For me, denial isn’t useful; honesty is important; early diagnosis can result in a higher quality of life; and transparency makes life easier for everybody involved.”
The Alzheimer’s Association can help with honesty, higher quality of life and assistance with conversations that speak to the transparency Tracey mentions both for persons dealing with dementia and their loved ones.
Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia face special challenges.
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia often involves a team of people. Whether you provide daily caregiving, participate in decision making, or simply care about a person with the disease — the Alzheimer’s Association has resources to help.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.
Thank you to the Judson Team and its 166+ team members for participating in the Cleveland Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Great Lakes Science Center on October 13! The team has raised more than $3,000 so far, triple its goal of $1,000!
Every dollar raised benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s; drives research toward treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure; and speaks up for the needs and rights of people affected by Alzheimer’s.
From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money raised makes a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s. And offers hope.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s toll-free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) offers referral and support services and guidance on issued faced at any stage of the journey.
We are here to help.