Ways to get involved with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Florence Dresh of Porter and Suzanne Sebenste of Munster chat together before the start of the Alzheimer's Memory Walk at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville. Dresh and Sebenste both had family members joining them on the walk to raise money and awareness of the Alzheimer's. | Stephanie Dowell/Post-Tribune
June 1 9:42 a.m.

According to alz.org, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, about 500,000 people die each year because of it.

Since June is Alzheimer’s Brain & Awareness month, here are some ways to support the cause throughout the year.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s

  • Chicago — Sept. 28, 2014
  • Glenview — Sept. 20, 2014
  • Naperville — Sept. 21, 2014
  • Libertyville — Oct. 12, 2014

See the full list of walks in Chicagoland here.

Participate in The Longest Day on June 21

The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event that raises funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, according to alz.org.

“For people facing Alzheimer’s disease, this challenge is every day. For you, it’s just one. On The Longest Day, it’s time to make a difference.”

Read more about The Longest Day here.

Wear purple!

Purple is the color that represents Alzheimer’s awareness. Visit alz.org to purchase clothing and accessories or check out this Pinterest board for DIY ideas and inspiration:

Follow Pioneer Press’s board Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month Support on Pinterest.

Attend The Alzheimer’s Association’s educational program June 18

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter’s educational program “Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters” will take place on June 18 at Ela Township Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Below is the press release with more info:

This program focuses on the 10 warning signs of serious memory loss. It includes a basic overview of Alzheimer’s disease and covers risk factors, diagnosis and the benefits of early detection. Through the use of video footage, attendees will meet people living with memory loss as they address the fears and myths associated with dementia and hear from the family members who are on the journey with them.

Program specialist Lauren Levin will present and take questions following the program.

The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts here.  To register for this program offered at no cost, call 847-933-2413 or register online at www.alz.org/illinois.

Run for a cause or fundraise

Are you running the Chicago Marathon, or any other races in the area? If so, did you know you can register with the Alzheimer’s Association or many other nonprofit organizations to raise money?

If you missed the punch to register for the marathon, you can register with the Alzheimer’s Association to get a guaranteed entry, all while raising money for a cause.

Not a runner? You can still sign up to become an ALZ Star and create a team of your own to raise money for the cause.

 

What are you doing to support Alzheimer’s Awareness Month? Let us know! We’d love to feature your story. Email monica.kucera@aggrego.com with information.

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