Throughout high school, every Friday after school, I would head over to my local health care center to play Bingo with residents in the memory care unit. Now, I have worked there for over a year. For the past couple months, my focus has been specifically on the memory care unit. Everyday when I walk into work, I have no idea what my day is going to look like. I have been asked "Who are you? Why am I here?" and the heartbreaking question directed towards a resident's family, "Who are they?"
During the pandemic, our life was on lockdown, but at least we were able to leave our rooms. It was not like this, here. Residents were confined to their rooms and everyone could see mental health deteriorating. I did not have a lot of hope with the pandemic. I would constantly question myself about how I could help. How could I make this better? Could I prevent this disease from stealing my resident? The answer left me shattered, while I might be able to help slow it down, in the long run no, I could not. My next question was, what can I do?
Well, since asking that question, I have spent a lot of time learning about the Alzheimer's Association and how it could benefit my residents. The Alzheimer's Association gives me hope. Hope that one day we can end this monstrous disease. You see, Alzheimer's is one of those things that when some faces that battle, it does not just impact them, it impacts their entire family and their friends. There are over 6 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the United States. That number is staggering. Are you prepared for the next statistic? Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Alzheimer's and dementia deaths have increased by 16%.
While I leave you to ponder that information, my next question for you to consider is, how can you help?
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Families facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia need us now more than ever — and with your help, we can be there for them. Please make a donation or register as a participant and start your own fundraising or go to Zupas. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease.
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