J: I feel like I did when I was pregnant when suddenly everyone around me seemed to be pregnant. It seems like everywhere I go these days, I run in to people dealing with Alzheimer's disease. It's everywhere! The stories vary slightly - it's the mom suffering, or the dad was newly diagnosed, or the spouse is suddenly so forgetful - but the end result is that they are now coping with AD.
While the diagnosis is grim and the journey uncertain, the Alzheimer's Association does offer hope. There are numerous programs and support services to help people at all stages of the disease. As we have said before, AD is really a disease of the caregiver, and the Alz Assoc realizes this and provides lots of support to help us along the way.
E and I are hosting this year's Reason To Hope fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. It will be held on Thursday March 2 at Le Centre in Westlake. It is a quick and easy fundraiser to attend, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 8:30 - leaving plenty of time to get to work. At the event you will hear from people who have benefitted from the many services the Alz Assoc offers. You will also hear about the latest advances in research to find a cure for this disease, which are truly the reason to hope. There is no cost to attend the event, but there will be a request for a donation made at the conclusion of the program.
Hopefully one day the Alzheimer's Association will no longer be needed. But until we find a cure, they are a necessary and important group to the millions of people struggling with this insidious disease. Please join us on March 2 to raise money. Give us all a Reason to Hope.