Alzheimers/Dementia is a brutal disease. Leaving families and friends lost themselves when life finally ends. With over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and over 16 million family/friends taking care of them, this disease is out of control. The Alzheimer's Association works with research and advocation/support all over the world for families and caregivers.
This year, in the month of June, the month of brain awareness and advocacy, I decided to do a little something in memory and honor of my dad, who I lost last year to Alzheimers/Dementia. I signed up and raised funds and awareness for the non-profit, voluntary Organization, The Alzheimer's Association. www.alz.org by participating in their LONGEST DAY global event. While I did not raise a huge amount of money for them, my efforts were seen and heard and you never know where that comes out down the road. Often folk go directly online and donate. This is what I did, and encourage anyone who wants to help to consider working with ALZ to be a voice for families. 1. I held a small gathering at my farm June 21st, on my birthday party, collecting donations... 2. I created an online donation page about this event on ALZ's website. 3. and placed collection cans throughout Whatcom country from June 1st thru June 21st so folk could stop by and donate. It helped my heart. For grief, well, it is side ways... Alzheimers is brutal and merciless. And leaves families and caregivers empty when it is over.
My collection cans. The thing you can do with folders coffee cans. woohoo!