September is World Alzheimer’s Month™
Since World Alzheimer’s Month™ launched in 2012, the international campaign has been raising awareness and challenging the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease. As the most common form of dementia, it accounts for approximately 60% to 70% of cases. Reports indicate that the number of people affected by the disease will continue to multiply over the next several years. (Source.)
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that continues to get worse over time. With no treatments currently available to stop or reverse the affects, it will destroy the memory, thinking skills, and other critical mental functions of those diagnosed. As the disease advances, people eventually lose the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
Currently, over 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the nature of the illness, these people become dependent on others for assistance. The physical, emotional, and economic toll this takes on families and caregivers can be absolutely overwhelming. Receiving adequate support can help alleviate some of this stress.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s toll-free hotline strives to provide this much-needed help. By contacting the hotline via phone, Skype or live chat, licensed social workers can answer any questions you may have or direct you to appropriate local resources for further assistance. Their knowledge and compassion show that no question is too small and no concern too insignificant. This is exactly what many caregivers need while dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Currently, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s toll-free hotline operates during regular business hours and is available in both English and Spanish. Counselors are able to assist thousands of callers each month. In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month™, you can help the organization serve even more people affected by the disease.
By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™, your contribution will go directly towards funding this valuable program for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Your donation will enhance the organization’s ability to provide comfort and information to those who need it. Click here to support the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s toll-free hotline.