This past week the EasyLiving and Aging Wisely team officially kicked off our Alzheimer’s awareness and fundraising campaign. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, during which we joined the Alzheimer’s Association in shining “a purple light for the millions of individuals world-wide and all the family members and caregivers locally affected by Alzheimer’s disease.” Our team donned their purple and kicked off several upcoming months of awareness and fundraising activities as we prepare for this fall’s Pinellas County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
As we prepare for the walk, we will continue to bring you educational information here on our blog and we’ll have a series of events to raise awareness and donations. This month, we are having a 50/50 raffle drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Meredith or Laura in the EasyLiving office (1180 Ponce de Leon Blvd., #701 or call 727-447-5845).
As our founder, Linda Chamberlain, shared with our team, “we care about Alzheimer’s awareness because it takes awareness to get more funding, to make our legislators and voters aware. While we think about this disease every day as we work with families struggling with dementia , many people have less frequent reminders of the disease.” However, more and more families are being affected so we need to keep focus on the Alzheimer’s Association’s goal of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Here are a few quick facts:
- More than 5 million Americans are living with dementia.
- There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s.
- Last year, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
Check out our upcoming events and contact us if you’d like to know how you can join us in supporting the Alzheimer’s Association (or if you need help with questions or concerns related to dementia). Check out our Facebook page for regular updates too!