African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Whites, and less likely to receive a diagnosis. The Alzheimer's Association is here to help with information, education and support. Join us on Feb. 25 for our African American Community Forum to learn more about the Association and available resources and share your experiences. Register HERE.
Hear what others say about their journey with this disease and how the Alzheimer's Association resources were able to help them.
Carliss (Corky) Alexander
Mrs. Willnette Galloway
CARLISS (CORKY) ALEXANDER
I reached out to the Alzheimer's Association because I wanted to learn more about dementia for myself and so that I could take care of my husband. I realized what a benefit the Association was when I started attending the bimonthly caregiver meetings. I met a lot of wonderful people, who shared valuable information. This information helped me to pursue resources that have assisted me in becoming a better caregiver.
I highly recommend others get involved. The support and fellowship is priceless. The experiences that are shared will help you to keep doing what you have to do. You can do it!!
Click HERE for Support Group meetings.
Lost her mother, Hattie Sledge, to Alzheimer’s.
I’d seen advertisements about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® and knew I had to raise money and participate. My fundraising from the first year to now has grown. Last year, I thought about not doing it. I just didn’t want to put forth the effort, but my friends and family encouraged me and in a short time, we raised $1,000. My employer, Verizon, has been instrumental in matching funds. I try to wear my Walk shirt once a month as a talking point to tell more people about the Walk and the Association. We now walk to raise money for a cure, and will continue until a cure is found. I have a license plate with my mom’s name and it is an Alzheimer’s plate which also helps to raise awareness.
To learn more about programs that will help you understand the disease, click HERE.
MRS. WILLNETTE GALLOWAY
When I discovered something was going on with my husband, he appeared discombobulated and confused. His words were not making any sense to me and he was not remembering to take his medication. He was losing things and he could not account for his finances. The next day, I put in a call to his primary care doctor and he referred us to a specialist who decided to run several tests to see what was happening to him. The results came back that he had dementia. This was a devastating blow to me and it caused fear and overwhelming emotions.
I went on the Internet to look for answers and I stumbled across "Alzheimer's Association." I suggested to my family that we reach out to the organization and see if they could help or guide me with any information on dementia. They were so supportive towards me and my family. They gave me pamphlets and several resources and also assigned me a case counselor. They guided and helped me to get involved with support groups, which were very helpful and spiritually blessed. The Alzheimer's Association visited my home and conducted an educational meeting with me and the family regarding dementia.
I am forever grateful for their service. If a member of your family or friends can benefit from their services, please contact the Alzheimer's Association.
Click HERE for ways we can support you.
I learned about the Alzheimer's Association after losing my grandma at a young age and having to grow up without her. I was actually mad that I had been robbed of so many memories, but I realized one day that I wanted to make a difference. In 2011, my first year participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I realized my family wasn’t the only one affected by this horrible disease. The love, support and unity showed during that event was overwhelming.
Please consider getting involved with the Alzheimer's Association. The fight starts with you! They provide a lot of education and support. African Americans are limited to effective treatments because they are usually diagnosed at a later stage. The research over the years has done great things. There wasn't nearly this much information and research available when my family was going through it. Since starting my team, 3 other friends have been affected personally and have joined my team to help end Alzheimer’s.
Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's HERE.