President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
This November, and throughout the year, there are many ways to take action and help raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease:
Become an advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
Go Casual for a Cause at work. Encourage your colleagues to dress down at work in exchange for a small donation (usually $5 or less) for the Alzheimer's Association. Order a free kit to implement this idea in your work place. Contact Kevin McFarland at email@example.com or 314.801.0412.
Participate in a fundraiser or host your own third party event.
Volunteer for a clinical trial. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer's treatments. Trials are recruiting people with Alzheimer's, as well as healthy volunteers to be controls.
Make a donation. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Alzheimer's Association and support vital research and essential support programs and services.
Volunteer with our Chapter. Whether you can spare only a couple hours a month or make a more significant time commitment, we hope you will consider joining this very special community. Contact Debbie Eldridge at Debbie.Eldridge@alzstl.org, to see how you can start volunteering today.
Schedule a care consultation.
The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter offers numerous education programs across our service area throughout the year. We will be holding one very unique education program for National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Join us for this program or any of our regularly scheduled programs.
Care & Conquer Education Conference
Searching for Answers
Thursday, November 17
Double Tree Hotel - Chesterfield, Mo.
Attend one of our education programs in Illinois; Jefferson County, Mo.; Southeast, Mo.; St. Charles County, Mo.; St. Louis; or via the web or telephone.
Impact of Alzheimer's
Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government, and the nation's healthcare system. This comprehensive study details how Alzheimer's affects 10 million American women as caregivers, advocates and patients. Findings include:
National Alzheimer's Plan Public Input Report
New: Report Captures Nation's Insights on Challenges a National Alzheimer's Plan Must Address
New ResourcesIdeally, families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Making decisions about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition. The Association created four videos that help illustrate ways to have difficult conversations about driving. The videos and additional resources, including tips, evaluation specialists and example contracts, are available here.
Thousands of people across the country shared the major challenges they face from Alzheimer's and related dementias. Read about the 10 key issues they believe must be addressed in the National Alzheimer's Plan.
>> Read the Report: Alzheimer's from the Frontlines
>> Learn about the National Alzheimer's Project Act
Watch how four families deal with different issues related to dementia and driving >>