President Reagan penned November as National Alzheimer's month. He later developed the disease. The month of November is the nation's dedicated month to honor those who have been touched by Alzheimer's or other dementia related diseases. However, September 21st has always been World Alzheimer's Day.
This is the first year that the Alzheimer's Association has dedicated the whole month of September as World Alzheimer's Month.
A few months ago, in Vancouver, the Alzheimer's Association held their annual International Conference. Over 4,000 researchers came together from around the world to share their research from clinical studies on finding a cure for Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leader in raising funds for Alzheimer's research, second only to the federal government. In the last 30+ years, they have raised over 250 million dollars nationally to fund clinical studies.
This past May, the first ever National Alzheimer's Plan was passed unanimously and signed into law by President Obama. This plan has been implemented to help stop the trajectory of the Alzheimer's Disease. Last year, the San Antonio Alzheimer's Association held two town hall meetings as part as a collaborative effort to help get the National Plan passed.
They are hosting another town hall meeting on Wednesday September 5th at the Pearl Studio, Suite 115 from noon to 1:30. It is an open forum where people can share their experiences. Local officials have also been invited to attend the meeting as well.
The San Antonio chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has many programs that are available to those with Alzheimer's or their caregivers. One program is their hotline that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The toll free number is 1-800-272-3900 and a real person, who is trained on the Alzheimer's Disease, is available to answer questions or to listen to those who maybe struggling with the disease. They also have a great website (www.alz.org) that has a wealth of information.
One great resource that we found on the website is a tutorial on how to have a conversation with someone with Alzheimer's Disease that may need to give up driving. The touching video shows the struggles with having this conversation and gives some real-world examples on bringing awareness to those who may have Alzheimer's Disease. You can see that video by clicking here.
To get to the San Antonio chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, go to www.alz.org/sanantonio. You can also find information on local support groups here in San Antonio. They also have a telephone support group for those who may not be able to travel to one of those groups.
The Alzheimer's Association is having a "Walk To End Alzheimer's" event on Saturday, September 22nd in San Antonio. Formerly known as the Memory Walk, this event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Alzheimer's Association. To find more information on this event, please go to www.alz.org/walk.
We can't thank Ginny enough for coming on Senior Resource Radio to tell us about all of the exciting things that the Alzheimer's Association is doing locally and nationally. We at Senior Resource Radio are going to dedicate the full month of September in honor of World Alzheimer's Month. Be sure to tune in next week.
To hear our interview with Ginny, click here.