Right now, members of your faith community are facing this deadly and devastating disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and over 15 million are serving as their caregivers.
On average, family caregivers spend $5,000 per year caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. For some families this means missing a vacation, but for others, it may mean going hungry. Alzheimer’s is destroying our finances and our futures — but there is something you can do to help. We personally invite your faith organization to join us in raising awareness and concern about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Inform your members with the latest facts and empower them with resources.
- Host an education event, such as Know the 10 Signs, the Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease or Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research.
- Designate a physical space to make free Alzheimer’s Association care, support and education materials available to your members.
- Join us on June 21st – the longest day of the year and a special day of action for the Alzheimer’s community. Create a team for The Longest Day®, a fundraising event to honor those facing the disease and their caregivers. Or, encourage your members to wear purple to recognize this important day. Learn more and sign up at alz.org/thelongestday.
- Start a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team to engage your community at alzwalkmanh.org
- Host a Purple Sunday or other day of congregation. A simple, no-cost way to support the cause. Ideas include going purple on social media, decorating a common area with a purple theme, and encouraging members to wear purple.
Together, we can meet the challenge of supporting individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s.