Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease; more than 15.9 million people are caregivers for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These numbers include many of our members and employees, which is why Team Consumers is sponsoring the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the tenth year in a row.
“This is an incredible number of people, “ said Amy Cook, a Member Service Representative at our Gull Rd. office who has worked as caregiver for several years. “Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone as a caregiver, but these numbers tells us that we aren’t.”
From her work with both Alzheimer’s patients and their families, Amy has a poignant view of the struggles unique to this disease. “Caregiving can be a rollercoaster – you see the good days and the bad days. You build relationships with the families of the person you’re caring for; you feel pulled in multiple directions and like there’s not enough time in the day; you also make new memories. Family members have times where they feel like they lost the person they knew and are building a new relationship.”
We’re proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Platinum Sponsor of the Walk to help further their work. All funds raised are used to advance research, provide care to those with Alzheimer’s, and support caregivers – including support groups in person and online.
Join us at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Mayors’ Riverfront Park (Home of the Kalamazoo Growlers). Registration starts at 12 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies are at 1 p.m. Register online today.
Learn more about the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association here.