The Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk to benefit Tennesseans living with Alzheimer’s will be this Saturday, April 10. There are many reasons to participate.
When we talk about people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, we first think of those afflicted. Their worlds become ever smaller as their cognitive abilities decline and they are less able to communicate. This disease also burdens family and friends of these individuals, who must find ways to afford and provide the assistance these individuals require. A study from the AARP indicates that people caring for someone with dementia experience more stress for a longer duration than informal caregivers for people with other issues. In Tennessee, there are an estimated 110,000 people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Tennessee helps these people receive better care by educating medical professionals, formal, and informal caregivers at their Caring and Coping workshops, and offering guidance and support groups.
Another important thing to consider is prevention. The number one risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s Disease is age. We cannot change how old we are, but two other closely related factors (that we can impact) are physical and mental health. The more exercise we get and the more stimulation our brains receive, the better our chances are of delaying the onset of dementia. One quarter of the blood from every beat of our hearts flows to the brain, so get that muscle pumping! Walking is a great way to start. Socialization is a way to keep your brain sharp through cognitive stimulation, and fortunately, the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk is a great place to be with peers and meet all kinds of new people. Thus the walk is a great source for preventative activities.
Finally, one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is to help someone else. There are many who have already been lost to Alzheimer’s. It is important that we honor them. Support those who suffer from Alzheimer’s today, and assist the families here in Tennessee who are coping with such a monumental challenge.
The end of Alzheimer’s will not be quick, as of right now there is no known cure. However, Alzheimer’s Tennessee continues to persevere, to educate, and advocate for those affected. Participate in the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk this Saturday, and take steps to help those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sign up to walk with Alzheimer’s Tennessee here.
Written by Dylan Adams