September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Although most families do not need a reminder of their journey with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, this month provides many opportunities for family caregivers to buttress their caregiving team with educational resources, caregiving materials, and other support tools that can combat caregiver stress.
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and that 15 million caregivers are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. You are not alone in your journey.
Perhaps the most visible and familiar activities associated with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is the national “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” Houston’s largest walk, the “2014 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer’s” takes place Saturday, November 1 at Minute Maid Park. The city’s walk is ranked as an Alzheimer’s Association Top 30 Walk.
If a suburban walk is more your style, check out the “2014 Fort Bend County Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on Saturday, October 18. And, if you can’t wait that long to strut your stuff, the “2014 Katy/West Houston Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch in Katy is Saturday, September 13.
Other caregiver activities that you may wish to check out include Alzheimer’s support groups. In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is working with communities to initiate new support groups in several locations throughout Houston.
Additionally, online support tools such as CaregiverStress.com offer educational materials, information from elder care professionals, and organizational tools for the family caregiver.
Coping with the caregiving hurdles that Alzheimer’s Disease presents, can be difficult and overwhelming. We hope that you’ll seek support and continue to build your support network.
- Mindfulness training helps Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers (cbsnews.com)
- Upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s (wtnh.com)
- Alzheimer’s Social Stigma Begins With Diagnosis: ‘They Treat Me Like A Child’ (medicaldaily.com)