The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is held annually in over 600 communities and is the world’s largest fund raiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Springpoint at Home has participated in this walk to raise money and awareness for several years. We will be walking again this year on September 19, 2021, for the Mercer-Middlesex, NJ Walk to End Alzheimer’s and hope you will join Annette’s team.
Not only is this walk inspiring, but it hits home both personally and professionally for our staff. Rachel Glatt, Aging Life Care Advisor™, is spearheading the Springpoint at Home team. Rachel walks for her grandmother. So far, Rachel has raised over $800.00 to help find a cure.
The Springpoint at Home team knows how much Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia impact lives because it is the number one illness requiring the help of Home Care Aides or Aging Life Care Advisors™/Care Manager support. This need for assistance will continue to grow as the number of people in the U.S. population age 65 and older increases. We are living longer due to medical advances and changes in social and environmental conditions.
Annette Murphy, Springpoint at Home’s Director of Home Care and Care Management, walks because “It is the pressing issue facing clients and families who reach out to us for home care and Aging Life Care Advisors™. It is also something that has touched my life personally with those I’ve cared for and loved ones’ family members. We all need to raise awareness and support because we all can do better in supporting those facing this diagnosis and their caregivers.”
The Alzheimer’s facts and figures recently published by the Alzheimer’s organization clearly show the depth and breadth of the need for funds to support research. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million. An overwhelming majority of them will be women because women live longer than men on average and older age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
Michele Woodley, Springpoint at Home’s Human Resources Coordinator, walks because “Alzheimer’s is such a heartbreaking disease. To me, walking for this great cause will bring hope to families, donations to this cause will allow for more research and bring this awful disease to its ultimate demise!”.
The need to fund research is clear. But money raised by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is used to provide support, care and awareness as well. In 2020, family members and friends provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Springpoint at Home can support families with the challenge of caring for their loved one.
With the support of SAH, families don’t have to take on the challenge alone of caring for a family member.
Here is how you can help. Walk with us on September 19th or donate to the cause. Use this link to sign up and/or donate and help us find a cure, for Rachel’s grandmother and yours. https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2020/General?px=17031903&pg=personal&fr_id=14639&.