When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it can impact the entire family. From helping manage physician appointments to providing hands-on care to keep them safe, the disease is one that often overwhelms families. And a cause and cure for Alzheimer’s continues to elude researchers.
It can make friends and family members feel helpless about how to support the senior with the disease and their family caregivers. In addition to offering to run errands and help with household tasks, there are ways you can show you care.
It all starts with advocacy.
Advocating for Adults with Alzheimer’s
If a family you know is struggling to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, lending your support to the fight is a great way to show you care. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Fundraising: The Alzheimer’s Association Action page outlines a variety of ways you can become a champion for the cause. Much of it revolves around small steps you can take to help with fundraising efforts.
- Awareness: Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and then share your knowledge in the community. It might be by writing a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper or sending a link to an article with the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease to the assignment editor at a television station near you. Advocacy at the grassroots level is an important part of raising awareness.
- Volunteer to Contact Legislators: Another way you can help advocate is to sign up for Action Alerts. Alzheimer’s organizations will contact you --- typically by email --- when they need your support contacting legislators about important, time-sensitive research and funding issues.
- Research Updates: Staying on top of the latest research on Alzheimer’s and sharing those updates is another way to keep the spotlight on this devastating disease. The National Institutes of Health has a comprehensive list of Alzheimer’s Research Centers on their site. You can read more and pick a few near you to follow by email or through social media channels.
- Donate. If you are able, make a donation in honor of a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or their family caregivers. Every dollar helps. Two organizations to consider are Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Senior Living for Adults with Dementia
Finally, you can help a friend or family member who is overwhelmed with their Alzheimer’s caregiving role by exploring dementia care options near them. Memory care programs, like those offered at Randall Residence, help adults with memory loss live their best life despite the disease.
We invite you to call the Randall Residence nearest you to learn more!