This Association is Fighting Alzheimer’s Head On: How You Can Get Involved

According to the 2018 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report, Alzheimer’s disease has become the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5.7 million Americans are currently living with the disease. Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, an organization spanning all across the country, are vital as a means of support, as well as a champion to find a cure. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is excited to team up with The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter in order to better understand and fight Alzheimer’s with new disease-specific data. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter has a host of resources and events available to help those who have been impacted by the disease. We’ve highlighted just a few programs that the organization has going on across the state.

2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

One simple way for anyone to be a part of the chapter’s fight to end Alzheimer’s is by participating in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, with events taking place in many communities. The national walk was created to help raise funds for future Alzheimer’s disease research. The Michigan Chapter is hosting the walk in more than 20 locations across the state including the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak and Millennium Park in Grand Rapids.

Community and Family Education Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter has several events aimed at educating families on the symptoms, prevention methods, as well as treatment and care strategies associated with the disease. If you live near Metro Detroit, you can attend a Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body class on June 30 and learn about diets, exercise, and social engagements that can help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s. Live on the west side of the state? There is a 3-part Alzheimer Education Series taking place in August and September in Greenville and Byron Center, respectively. The set of classes will discuss causes, legal and financial considerations and strategies for navigating the disease.

Support Groups, 24/7 Help Line and Online Message Boards

When confronting a disease such as Alzheimer’s you should never have to face it alone. Whether you’re a caregiver or someone who has been diagnosed, there are many support groups that are looking to help anyone affected by the life changing disease. These groups can help answer unique questions, provide open discussions, educate, and most importantly provide emotional support for those who join. The organization also has a 24/7 help line and an online message board for anyone who is looking for extra support or has questions.

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