You or someone you know have likely been personally impacted by Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia. More than 55 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year—implying one new case every 3.2 seconds.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and it serves as an important reminder that we can make a difference. That’s why this month, MJ is highlighting the Alzheimer’s Association as our Charity of the Month to help raise awareness of the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s Association is a national organization leading the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by focusing on three key initiatives: accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection and maximizing quality care and support. With hundreds of chapters throughout the U.S., the organization presents opportunities to get involved at a local level by hosting events in cities across the country.
One of the ways to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s is by participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place on October 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 5 in Phoenix, Arizona and September 17 in Denver, Colorado. You can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by signing up for your local chapter’s event.
Don’t want to wait until the fall to show your support? You can also participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s worldwide fundraising campaign on June 21—the summer solstice, which happens to be the longest day of the year. Aptly named The Longest Day: The Day With the Most Light is the Day We Fight, the campaign invites people from across the world to participate through a fundraising activity of their choice. You can find more information and fundraising ideas on the campaign website.
Many of us have been impacted by Alzheimer’s one way or another, and we hope you’ll participate in one or both of these events. After all, Alzheimer’s isn’t slowing down, and neither are we.