Getting active for Alzheimer’s awareness month

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World Alzheimer’s Month, launched Sept. 2012, is the international campaign to raise awareness and funds to help decrease the stigma around Alzheimer’s disease. But what is Alzheimer’s disease? The disease is one of the most common forms of dementia worldwide where patients experience total memory loss over a period of time. Caused by the deterioration of brain cells, the disease is often detrimental to those with it. Not only does it affect the patient, but it also affects friends, families and their daily life. AAlzheimer’s Disease International organization dedicates this month to raising awareness about the disease, but also encourages people to participate in activities, drives, get educated and educate others.   

Here are three things you can do to involve yourself this month:

Advocate and learn more about the disease.

Even though Alzheimer’s most often affects adults over the age of 45, it is the leading cause for premature senility and the sixth leading cause for death in general. Over 5.7 million people are living with the disease in the U.S. alone, and doctors say that by 2050 over 14 million people will have been diagnosed with it. Additionally, every 65 seconds, a new person develops Alzheimer’s.  By advocating for research funding, more organizations will be supported and the cure might come faster.

Participate in a walk.

There are hundreds of walks organized this month nationwide. One in South Florida is the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s which takes place Oct. 13, 2018 in Broward County. All registration and donation fees go towards funding research and providing care for those affected by the disease. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, this walk is a fun way to take a break from work, exercise and support the community.  Click here to register and learn more about the walks events happening in South Florida.  =

Join AHS’s Save The Memories Club

As a club dedicated to and partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association and the HarborChase facilities, Save The Memories raises funds to help with providing care and visits care centers monthly. They meet every other Tuesday in Mrs. Rebecca Geller’s room 2203 and spend time making crafts and letters for the residents they later visit. With bake sales and arts and crafts, Save The Memories provides an easier way of getting involved if your schedule is packed.  To be added to the portal, email Mrs. Geller at rebecca.geller@ahschool.com.

Maia Fernandez Baigun is a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. Even though this is only her second year on staff, Maia loves working on the newspaper staff. She is also Vice President of Save the Memories. Maia participates in service projects and loves to discover new music and trendy restaurants. She is an avid Billie Eilish fan and, in her free time, enjoys writing and taking pictures of nature. For her, a perfect day consists of sleeping in, avocado toast, and binge-watching Netflix originals.

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