Alzheimer’s affects over five million people across the country. Unlike many other diseases, Alzheimer’s is unique because it impairs one’s memory. Loved ones that could once recite their whole phone book, now can’t even recognize some of their own family members.
That’s what makes this disease so much more difficult to deal with emotionally. However, that’s even more of a reason to take the initiative and join the mission to end Alzheimer’s. September is National Alzheimer’s Month. Take this as an opportunity to get your facility, residents, families, and staff involved in the cause.
Decorate Your Bulletin Board
Show that your facility recognizes the importance of raising awareness and decorate your bulletin board in purple ribbons and lettering. Post facts about the disease, as well as ways to prevent it, and information on how people can support the cause. Families and friends that visit your residents will take note. It’s important to inform people about the disease, even if they have not been affected by it.
Ask Your Staff to Wear Purple
On Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st, ask that all of your staff wear purple. Purple is the color that represents the disease, spreads awareness, and signifies a will to fight. Put your facility and all of your staff behind the movement. It’s something almost everyone has been affected by – whether a family or friend has had it. Give your facility the opportunity to stand for something, beyond your normal day to day activities.
Care for Alzheimer’s Residents
Show your residents affected by Alzheimer’s how much you love them. Give out a small present or card to your residents, or ask their family to come in and visit for a day. A little effort goes a long way in improving the life and satisfaction of an Alzheimer’s patient. Teach your staff to give these patients genuine, selfless care all year round.
Start a Donation Can
Get all of your visitors, families, and residents involved in fundraising! Put out a donation can in the front of your facility and give out prizes to those that donate a certain amount. Fundraising is extremely important because it helps researchers discover treatment options and eventually a cure.
Offer Your Expertise
It is likely that many people in your community are affected by Alzheimer’s, whether they are taking care of a loved one, or visit that loved one often. Your staff are highly trained to provide care for the disease, improving the quality of life for that person. Hold an open house informational session, and give tips on how to care and communicate with someone that has Alzheimer’s. Your community will be extremely grateful.
September is the month to remember our loved ones affected by this disease. Do your loved ones a favor and participate in Awareness Month. Even a small effort can make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.