Since 1983 when President Ronald Reagan made the designation, America has observed November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. At that time, the Alzheimer's Association estimated there were less than two million Americans living with the disease.
Over the years, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's has more than doubled to more than 5 million people and is projected to skyrocket to an estimated 14 million people by 2060 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
While there may not be a cure for Alzheimer's, there are a range of things you can do to help raise awareness for the disease. You can complete any of the following actions and activities any day of the week during the month of November and all year-long. Continue reading to learn how you can raise awareness during Alzheimer's Awareness Month and beyond…
Get Involved with the Miraculous Annual Ann Asparro Run
Since 2016, Jay Asparro has helped increase awareness for Alzheimer's as well as the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center by starting and continuing the annual Ann Asparro Run. Each year, Jay has upped the ante, increased the distance of his run, and raised more money than the previous year.
On November 2nd- November 3rd, Jay ran an astonishing 100 Miles in just 29 hours to raise money for the Center's hands-on programs and services. And to honor Alzheimer's Awareness Month, you can support him and his mission to raise $100,000 for the Center’s programs by making a tax-deductible donation for a direct impact!
Increase Awareness for Alzheimer's in Your Place of Work
The cost of Alzheimer’s in the workplace is enormous for companies, families, and individuals. The Alzheimer's Association reports a staggering 44% of family caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer's are employed either part time or full time. Because of this, the workplace is an excellent place to get the word out about ending the disease.
One solution is to collect small donations from several of your coworkers. These small donations can quickly add up and represent a substantial step toward ending Alzheimer’s. You can also research several smart, fun, and engaging workplace ideas and activities to help spread the word and garner support for the noble cause.
Encourage Your Organization to Get Involved
At Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we regularly partner with local and national organizations who help us continue our noble mission. In addition to company sponsorship opportunities and donations, we host volunteer days for businesses.
During corporate volunteer days, employees spend anywhere from a few hours to the entire day making a difference in the lives of the seniors we serve. Many organizations have used the volunteering opportunity as a team building exercise.
Learn more about the benefits of corporate donations and workplace giving to the Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center.
Volunteer at Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center
One of the most substantial sacrifices you can make is the volunteering of your time. At the Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life. Regardless of your interests, we'll quickly put your unique talents to use in the process of introducing our seniors to an engaging and diverse environment.
Best of all, we offer a seemingly endless list of volunteering opportunities. Whatever your interests or talents, we'd love to learn more about them, so we can help you make a difference one person at a time. And Alzheimer's Awareness Month is an excellent time to give back and make an impact in your community.
Donate to Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center
At Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center, we offer a number of easy ways you can donate and make an immediate impact within your local community of Long Island, Nassau County, and Queens County. Regardless of how large or small your donation is, it makes a difference! You can:
Learn more about how you can donate directly to the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.
Contact Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center
Whether it's getting your workplace involved, helping Jay meet his ambitious goal, or encouraging others to join in on the fight; there are an endless number of ways you can get involved in Alzheimer's Awareness Month. And when you do, you can help make a positive difference within your community — one person, one family, one community at a time.
Contact Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center today to learn more about how you can get involved in Alzheimer's Awareness Month!