Alzheimer’s Walk in Columbia was a huge success
What an energetic and inspirational day Saturday, October 24, 2015 was. Families, caregivers, and even competitors joined together to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association to support funding for research, education, and respite care which gives hope to those currently battling dementia or Alzheimer’s that we will find a cure. One of the great messages of the walk was “I walk so future generations won’t have to.”
Respite care is provided in the form of vouchers that allow family caregivers to get in home care for a loved one with dementia on a temporary or respite situation. They can also use the voucher to allow their loved one to stay in an assisted living community for a few days for a break.
Education is available online through their website at alz.org, as well as, in classes available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Plus the Alzheimer’s Association sponsors and provides resources for caregiver support groups throughout the Midlands and all over the world. In addition, they sponsor symposiums to help educate the community on the latest findings and offer a 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
Alzheimer’s is committed to research to find a cure for this fatal disease. Right now, there is no known cause of cure for Alzheimer’s and it is the 6th leading cause of death. The Alzheimer’s Association has donated, through fund raising efforts like the Walk, over $340 million in more than 2,250 scientific investigations. Information about the latest research and the Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to advancing Alzheimer’s research worldwide can be found here at http://www.alz.org/research/funding/alzheimers_our_commitment.asp.
We are very close to reaching our local goal of $119,605 and there is still more money coming in. However, it’s not too late to donate for this year at 2015 Alzheimer’s Walk in Columbia SC.
We had a blast working with the Staff of the Alzheimer’s associations as well as other professionals and individuals who are committed to the cause and are looking forward to next year. Special thanks for the hard work and dedication of Alexis Watts who did a great job of organizing the walk and making it all happen!
If you would like to get more involved in this worthy cause, reach out to Nate Rhodes at [email protected] who was the Chairman of the walk this year and will also be the Walk Chairman again next year.
If you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, or someone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, give us a call. We can provide caregivers in the home, or even in an assisted living community if they need one on one attention and you need to have extra help. In addition, if it has gotten to the point where you need to look at moving your loved one into an assisted living community, our Senior Living Finder service, which is completely free to families, can help you find the right community.
Whether you need a caregiver or need to look at other options, give us a call at (803) 403-1895 and ask for Tyler or Hunter. We’d love to hear from you!