A Place for Mom’s Mission To Help End Alzheimer’s
In support of World Alzheimer’s Month, A Place for Mom joined the fight to defeat Alzheimer’s by fundraising nearly $12,000 and participating in Seattle’s September 21st Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event was a success and not only helped raise awareness for the debilitating epidemic, but also provided funds to support the nation’s mission to cure the disease by 2025.
A Place for Mom (APFM) employees gathered yesterday with a joint cause: To help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Our staff talks to families on a daily basis who are dealing with the debilitating disease and our aging-expert writers often feature the tough topic on our Senior Living blog. Needless to say, the cause is one that is ‘near and dear’ to A Place for Mom.
Alzheimer’s: The 6th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including one in eight older Americans—and that statistic is expected to more than double in the next 40 years. And since it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed—the nation is trying to prepare for the Silver Tsunami. APFM is on a mission to support research endeavors for this perplexing disease that affects to many seniors and their families.
View our slideshow of APFM’s participation in the Seattle Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
A Place for Mom’s Fundraising and Alzheimer’s Awareness Efforts
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraising and Event
From a bake sale to a pasta lunch to a wine raffle, APFM employees have been busy fundraising to help support the fight against Alzheimer’s. To date, APFM has raised $11,653.61, and that number is still climbing. Tracey Fitzgerald, A Place for Mom’s Director of Public Relations, comments, “Showing our support for the Alzheimer’s Association and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an important annual endeavor for our company as so many of the families we help are impacted by the disease. It’s inspiring to see so many of our staff coming together to support the effort and cause.”
We also recently launched Alzheimers.net, a community-focused website that will provide a detailed hub of Alzheimer’s-related information for caregivers as well as the general public seeking more information on the heart wrenching epidemic. Visitors will find the latest Alzheimer’s news and resources, along with a supportive community and featured subject experts, such as scientists and advocate organizations. Please check out the site, register for an account (upper left hand corner of black bar along the top of the home page) and connect with others in our forums.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Infographic
You can also learn more about Alzheimer’s facts with our “7 Things You Can Do To Stop Alzheimer’s” infographic. Help spread the word about the need to find a cure for this disease that is impacting so many by sharing it with your friends and family. Jessica Langbaum, principal scientist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Associate Director at Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, who is not only an informed advocate—but also a leading researcher for the fight against Alzheimer’s—discusses why it’s so important to take action today to help find a cure: “One of the biggest obstacles in Alzheimer’s research is finding participants. Letting the general public know that the prevention studies are coming down the pipeline. Public awareness and participation is where the fight needs to start.”
Thank you to all A Place for Mom employees who helped support this very worthy cause!
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