Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. Brings National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month to a Local Level
BAY SHORE, NY — November was designated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Since then, the recognition was enhanced to also honor the Caregivers who aid Alzheimer’s patients. In honor of this national event, Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) is reminding everyone that nearly 60,000 Long Islanders suffer from the disease each day.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that affects cognitive function and consequently the ability to perform day to day tasks. At the time of President Reagan’s designation, fewer than two million Americans suffered from the disease. Today, that number has soared to more than 5.4 million people. Alzheimer’s care can be very costly both for patients and their families, who often serve as the primary caregivers. There are presently more than 15 million people caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients throughout the country. This includes not only assisted living professionals, but also children, spouses/partners, friends and neighbors. In 2015, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $226 million in both medical and general care services.
In an effort to increase awareness and support for Long Islanders and their families who are affected by the disease, ADRC is hosting two events in November. This includes the organization’s Second Annual Give from the Heart “Athletes for Endurance” competition, which is being held at gyms across Long Island throughout the month of November. This event promotes physical fitness, considered a vital element to fighting dementia, by challenging endurance athletes to do as many push-ups as possible. This year’s series is in memory of Dorothy C. Camilleri, who passed away in 2013 after battling Alzheimer’s disease. To sponsor a team or individual, or to make a donation, please visit the event page.
Additionally, ADRC is hosting the final segment of its 2015 Seminar Series on Monday, November 9. This event, titled “Stem Cell Research: Advancing Cures for Neurological Diseases,” features Dr. Scott Noggle, Vice President of the New York Stem Cell Foundation and Charles Evans Senior Research Fellow for Alzheimer’s Disease. The free seminar will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Huntington Public Library on 338 Main Street, Huntington, NY. Seating is limited, so please register ahead.
ADRC’s mission is to support research that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, to provide care, support and education programs for families in need, and to be advocates for local families who are coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. For resources and further information, please visit www.adrcinc.org.
Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. — which is headquartered in Bay Shore and has a satellite office in Southampton — is the only local Alzheimer’s disease advocacy and educational facility whose mission is to fund local research and provide hands-on support and services to families on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. ADRC works with family members, health care professionals and researchers to ensure quality health care and support to those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease through care and consultation, information and referral, training, support groups, and caregiver safety products.