Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Portland Walk September 7th!

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I often find myself content to sit in my own little world of problems, responsibilities, and issues without thinking ahead to what the future might bring or what issues may be plaguing the world that could possibly use my help, my voice. It isn’t that I don’t care. I do, often more than it shows. Rather, sometimes… my own stuff is all I can handle! Lately, however, I’ve been really pushing myself to extend my reach ad lend my voice to issues where I am able.

One of those issues that has really been laid on my heart (cheesy, but true) has been Alzheimer’s Disease. About a year ago I accepted a full-time position as a Social Media and Marketing specialist for a Senior Living company. It has been an eye-opening, humbling and incredible year. I’ve had Alzheimer’s touch my life personally by affecting the people that I love. It took me seeing how MANY people that this disease really affects to make me realize my voice (and money) was needed. What I can do as a single person is not enough though, I need your help!

Facts about Alzheimer’s:

” Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.” — Alz.Org Website

A few facts that really hit home with me about this disease from the Alzheimer’s Association website:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • More than 5 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s is the ONLY cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are WOMEN. 
  • More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women. 

When advocating for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s I am thinking about the residents in the buildings of the senior communities I work with, my grandparents and my parents. But, I am also being a little bit selfish. I want to know that someday if I receive the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, that maybe there might be an answer out there to help slow the progression or to cure the disease. I advocate for my son so that the burden of my care is not put solely on his shoulders.

About the Walk to End Alzheimer’s:

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a series of walks across the United States that help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s. I will be participating in the Portland Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 7, 2014. My goal is to raise $200 for the cause and as much awareness as possible. I’m about 60% to reaching my goal and am working hard at it! I encourage anyone who can to find a local walk and participate. If you are unable to walk, a donation would be very much appreciated.

Donate to the Cause:

If you’d like to  make a tax-deductible donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s please consider donating today. You are welcome to donate via the Alz.Org website or click this link to help me reach my donation goal!  For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

Information and Facts about Alzheimer’s disease via the Alzheimer’s Association website: www.alz.org  For help or more information feel free to call the 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This is just a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I wanted to share to help build awareness for this important cause.

Written by Jenni

Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Website: http://awellcraftedparty.com

2 Comments
  • Kira says:

    I love that you are doing this, Jenni. My family has been affected by Alzheimer’s as well. My grandmother (along with all of her other siblings – I believe she had 8) all had it. It’s terrible watching the mind of someone you have loved your whole life slowly slip away like that.
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    • Jenni says:

      Thanks so much Kira. I remember you sharing that before and was reminded of it when I started working with people experiencing Alzheimer’s. It is such a heart-wrenching disease. I hope we find a cure before I see my friends (or myself) experiencing it.

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