Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shop Marshalls Take a Dollar Campaign!

For the third year in a row, Marshalls will be raising awareness and funds for the fight to end Alzheimer's. Shoppers who visit a store March 1 through March 14 can donate
$1, $5 or $10 to the Alzheimer's Association at checkout. We can’t think of a better time to shop!

Monday, February 23, 2015

African American History Month

February is African American History Month! From the beautiful mind of poet Zora Neale Hurston to the musical creativity of musician Miles Davis, there is an abundance to celebrate! That's why we want to raise awareness this month in particular.

Did you know that African Americans are at a greater risk for Alzheimer's disease? As a matter of fact, African Americans are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer's and are less likely to have a diagnosis of their condition. So, what have we done to work against this earth-shattering trend?

When we know the facts, we are better able to prevent this epidemic from spreading any further. Celebrate African American History Month by advocating for someone you love today!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this February 14th! We love shamelessly celebrating love because we know that enjoying the company of a loved one is a luxury many take for granted.

That’s why we’re using this Valentine’s Day to show our gratitude (and love!) to those living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. What better way to celebrate than to say “thank you”? Thank you for the good moments, thank you for the irreplaceable memories, thank you for touching my life in so many ways, thank you for reminding me that love and friendship are unconditional.

You can show your gratitude through something as simple as a heartfelt hug or maybe by participating in an event to #EndALZ! How will you say ‘thank you’ this year? Share a memory of someone you love on our Facebook page!

Monday, February 2, 2015

3 Tips To Help This February

Those living with Alzheimer's do not have to stop living their lives as a result of this disease. Their once favorite activities can still bring just as much joy! With a little bit more conscientiousness in choosing how to keep your loved one engaged, you can enhance their quality of life while reducing the risk of agitation or wandering.

Here are 3 easy tips to keep in mind:

1. Choose wisely: In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, many patients tend to withdraw from the activities they once enjoyed. Choose activities that suit your loved one’s skills and abilities. Notice those that make him or her confused, anxious, joyful, or calmed.

2. Adjust: Depending upon which stage of Alzheimer's you loved one is in, you may need to adjust your chosen activities. For instance, more repetitive tasks tend to be more soothing for those in later stages. If you notice your loved one’s attention drifting, it might be time to end or modify the activity.

3. Encourage self-expression: Often times, those with Alzheimer’s can feel frustrated as a result of not being able to express themselves. Help to open up the lines of communication by allowing him or her to paint, draw, listen to music, or engage in conversation
Above all, find joy in everything you do! Living with Alzheimer’s, whether you are a patient or a caregiver, is a challenge. Learning how to enjoy even the simplest of pleasures is something we all should take advantage of.