Every 65 seconds, someone in this country develops Alzheimer’s. The mind-robbing disease is a public health crisis, and the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help people with dementia and their caregivers. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. There are more than 60,000 people in San Diego living with Alzheimer’s and more than three times as many caregivers. In June, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, we want people to think about brain health, think about those dealing with dementia, and take action. The Longest Day (TLD) of the year is June 21st.
TLD is a day to honor people who take care of those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, because to caregivers, every day is the longest day. The TLD fundraiser is unique, in that you can do anything, for any period of time, on any day. Bowl, play bridge, do yoga, play music, quilt, have a BBQ, host a wine-tasting, paint, hike, cook, etc. Go to Alz.org/TLD to find out how to get involved.
The San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides support groups, care consultations, education classes and workshops both online and in person, we support local researchers searching for a cure and offer many opportunities to make a difference. Our advocacy volunteers tell their stories to lawmakers locally, in Sacramento and in the nation’s capital, to make sure elected officials know the importance of our mission. We strive to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Our chapter has 30 years of experience, and we are putting special emphasis on serving the Latino, African American, and LGBT communities. We train community health workers to share our resources with underserved individuals and families, in the hopes that they know where to turn if and when there is a dementia diagnosis. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in over 200 languages staffed by a variety of experts in the field 1-800-272-3900.