As an Alzheimer's Association Congressional Team Member, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer's and am proud of our community’s efforts. On September 8th, 900 residents from Bowling Green, KY and the surrounding area, joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication, participants raised over $120,000!
The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for these passionate people. Every dollar raised through the Walk will further critical efforts to advance advocacy and education, enhance care and support programs, raise awareness, and promote research. However we could still use your help to reach our 2018 fundraising goal. Donations can be made online through the end of December at alz.org/walk.
As our Walks wrap-up and November rolls in, the Alzheimer’s Association is recognizing and honoring the more than 15 million family members and friends across the U.S., 271,000 right here in Kentucky, who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s.
This November during National Family Caregivers Month, I, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, encourage people to lend a hand to caregivers because I know first-hand the demands associated with being a caregiver, and how a helpful hand can make a world of difference.
My Nannie suffered from Alzheimer's for nearly eight years before losing her battle. My family and I watched her forget how to do the things she loved like sewing and cooking. This disease slowly took away her memory of who we were and then her ability to care for herself. We felt helpless in the fact that we could not provide her any cure for this horrific disease. My Papaw provided excellent loving care to her in the home which they shared for over 50 years. My Dad, who is an only child, and my Mom moved in with my grandparents to help provide support and care. Providing care to a loved one with Alzheimer's is a family affair. This became evident to me as I watched my entire family come together to care for Nannie in the final stages of the disease. Caretakers are often overlooked, but their compassion to care for those they love who are suffering from Alzheimer's is like none other. The hope for a cure of this disease that steals memories is what drives us everyday during the journey.
I also you to join me in asking Senator Rand Paul to support critical pieces of federal legislation related to Alzheimer’s, including the BOLD Act and PCHETA. To learn more and take action, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.
Alzheimer’s Association Congressional Team Member for Kentucky’s 2nd District