We're really a composite of our life experiences - memory layered upon memory and Alzheimer's steals that away." - Meryl Comer
Usagainstalzhimers.org defines Alzheimer's as "...the most common form of dementia, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memories and thinking skills." They report that approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer's disease.
Unfortunately, this number is expected to triple by 2050. Organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association have created fundraisers, like the Walk to End Alzheimer's, to raise awareness and money for research to help find a cure for this severe disease. For the last four years, Team Markentum has proudly participated in Walk to End Alzheimer's and The Longest Day presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
We are sharing information on these two events, and our approach to supporting caregivers this year in recognition of The Longest Day.
Walk to End Alzheimer's 👣
The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Alzheimer's Association reports that more than 600 communities nationwide participate in the annual event. Joining your local walk is free, but they encourage you to fundraise to help the Association provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods or prevention, treatment, and a cure!
Visit alz.org to learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The impact of Alzheimer's in the United States, and the world as a whole, is significant. Many people get involved with the walk because they are personally affected in some way by Alzheimer's, but that doesn't have to be the case. All are welcome to join the fight to #EndAlz!
There are three steps to participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's:
- Register for your local walk
- Start fundraising and raising awareness
- Join your local walk on walk day!
Team Markentum has remote employees across the United States and Canada. We centralize our team around the Volusia County, Florida, walk but encourage each remote team member to check out and participate in their local walks. The 2021 Volusia County Walk to End Alzheimer's will be on Saturday, November 6.
Why The Longest Day Matters 💜
The Alzheimer's Association created an awareness campaign called The Longest Day, named after the summer solstice - the day with the most light. The Alzheimer's Association says "the day with the most light is the day we fight!®"
This year, The Longest Day will take place on June 20, 2021. On this day, let's stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer's together. Common activities people host to raise awareness and funds are baking, cooking, crafting, hiking, running, among other things. See how people raise awareness on social media using the hashtags #TheLongestDay and #EndAlz.
Why Self-Care is Important for Caregivers 💪
Those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or related dementia have to be able to pivot their efforts to continuously provide the best care for their loved ones. To be a strong and successful caregiver, a person must first take care of their own well-being.
We know how emotional and demanding it can be to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, and how easy it is to overlook your own needs. Symptoms of caregiver stress include denial, anger, anxiety, irritability, and more. Mayo Clinic reports that unmanaged stress can lead to various health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
Engaging in self-care has been shown to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, and improve energy and concentration. This year, our team is highlighting the importance of self-care by sharing the simple ways we take care of ourselves. Here are a few of our ideas:
Explore/use essential oils 👃
Spend time with pets 🐶
Follow Markentum on social media as we share more self-care tips through the upcoming weeks!
Markentum is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in The Longest Day 2021. If you would like to join our #Walk2EndALZ team, learn more about the walk, or donate to help end Alzheimer's, check out our team page.