I'm leading the way to a world more knowledgeable about persons with Alzheimer's/dementia by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. When my bonus grandmother first started showing signs of dementia, my family was completely unfamiliar with this disease and had no idea where to start helping her. We felt helpless and uncertain. As I began working with seniors in memory care, these residents drew my heart and I started learning how to interact better with them. If my family had only known the tools, resources, and information that we know about now, our situation would have been so different. As I witnessed a law enforcement call with a person with dementia and my bonus Dad being a retired fire chief, I knew training on this disease could mean the difference between a successful or very negative call. As a Volunteer CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) educator through the Alzheimer's Association and GPSTC (Georgia Public Safety Training Center), it ignites a passion every time I am in the classroom equipping these first responders to feel empowered and have the knowledge for a successful intervention. When a tall, muscular police officer comes to you after a training with tears in his eyes saying "I just didn't know," talk about a purpose fulfilled.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 14 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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