You probably know or care for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, and you’re not alone. You see how this disease affects not only your loved one, but your entire family, and you want to do everything you can to help.

While you may be one of the more than 15 million people who cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia in 2015, there are many millions more who participate indirectly in care by fundraising and volunteering for organizations who support Alzheimer’s patients and families.   

Here are six ways you can join the fight against the Alzheimer’s disease.

1. Participate in a Community Event 

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held in most communities throughout the country, is the largest event in the world for raising awareness and money. Funds raised go directly to research and supporting the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association: to help directly provide care to those in need, to support families and to drive research toward prevention and one day a cure.

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Find your walk and register as a team, captain or individual, then read exactly where the money goes.

2. Volunteer at Your Local Alzheimer’s Association

Most communities have a local chapter affiliated with the national Alzheimer’s Association. Here’s how you can help:

  • Help coordinate special events, like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and galas
  • Support awareness and education programs
  • Office help
  • Make support phone calls
  • Advocacy 

3. Donate 

A tax-deductible donation is a great way to fund research and support vital programs. You can give in memory of a loved one with a tribute donation. The Alzheimer’s Association also makes it possible to set up monthly donations or donate to someone walking in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. People can even donate stock. 

4. Join the Alzheimer’s Association 

One of the most effective ways to become an advocate is to join the Alzheimer’s Association. Some of the benefits of membership are: 

  • Updates on important breakthroughs in research
  • Notifications about when you can call on elected leaders to lend your voice in supporting research
  • Alerts about great events you can join, like a local Walk to End Alzheimer’s
  • Education on the many ways the Association supports patients and their families 
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5. Participate in Research 

Research is at the heart of finding a cure, so having participants is critically important. Ongoing trials recruit people with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as healthy individuals who act as controls. Consider joining the Alzheimer’s trialmatch program to discover research opportunities you can take part in. The free service connects individuals to more than 700 trial sites across the country.

6. Sign the Pledge 

Kindred is proud to call the Alzheimer’s Association one of our partners. If you have a question about Alzheimer’s care, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

By Margaret Schmidt