November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month. In honor of the month, we’re sharing a list of the various ways to get involved with the cause.
Learn how to help educate, inform and support Alzheimer’s caregivers and disease education and prevention measures in the list below.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month: How to Get Involved
November was designated National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The goal was to help the public become more educated about the disease, which affected less than 2 million people in the United States at that time.
Today, more than 5.7 million people have been affected and there are currently over 16.1 million Alzheimer’s caregivers in the U.S, according to recent Alzheimer’s Association statistics.
So, in the spirit of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month, here are some free online educational resources that will help inform Alzheimer’s caregivers and the public about the disease.
1. The Alzheimer’s Association’s virtual library.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Green-Field Virtual Library offers an online catalog that includes a wide variety of topics related to Alzheimer’s and gerontology, including e-books like:
- Death and dying
- Neurologic disorders
- Senior health
The virtual library also offers resources with the latest Alzheimer’s recommendations and tools, including:
- Activities and Dementia
- Early Stage Alzheimer’s disease
- Personal Narratives
- Primary Care
- Support Groups
- Younger Onset Alzheimer’s disease
To access any of the resources above, visit the Green-Field Library Resource List.
2. These Alzheimer’s resources and websites.
There also some credible, informative Alzheimer’s resources and websites on topics such as:
- Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials (Alzheimer’s Association)
- Alzheimer’s Caregiving Fundamentals (Alzheimers.net)
- Alzheimer’s Research (Alzheimer’s Association)
- Alzheimer’s Stages (Alzheimers.net)
3. The search for an Alzheimer’s cure.
Once you’ve taken the time to educate yourself about Alzheimer’s, there are many things you can do to honor National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month this November.
Whether you prefer to become an advocate, donate to the cause or participate in a local event, there’s something for everyone.
Go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Get Involved” webpage to learn more.
How are you getting involved in National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month? We’d like to hear your plans in the comments below.