Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Alzheimer’s is a disease that is a form of Dementia that is seen as one of the cruelest diseases that impact Americans. It is viewed as such because the disease causes the sufferer to seemingly no longer be the person they once were. The disease impacts memory, thinking, and behavior. AD ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common form of dementia in 60-80% of all diagnosed cases.
As a result, the month of November is dedicated in spreading awareness and knowledge of the disease. In order to better effectively screen and test for it, and to also find effective ways to combat the disease.
However, this year things are different. With the COVID pandemic putting a strain on everything in the world. The Alzheimer’s Association of Wyoming has made adjustments with the resources they have available in order to properly inform and fight the disease.
Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Wyoming Chapter- Janet Lewis, told us that “We are still doing a lot of what we always do which is support groups, a lot of educational programs and for Individuals that are caregivers we do individual customized care consultations by phone now”
Moving a lot of their operations to digital and virtual in response to the pandemic and ensure the safety of everyone. There are still discrepancies and challenges for the association especially when it comes to fundraising.
Lewis state, “It has been a challenge for fundraising, it’s tough on our people doing advocacy work because they can’t go and interact one on one with our state and federal legislators.”
The Wyoming chapter is reaching out to Wyomingites with another way to fundraise. On their Facebook linked below takes you to their Virtual Quilt Auction which started this afternoon and will go until Nov.23. for other links to donate and spread awareness or to even educate yourself or others the website is linked below.
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