Many people do not know the terror and heart-stopping, gut-wrenching fear that comes along with being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They do not know the agony that rips through each family member as they see a loved one slowly stop to remember the precious memories everyone wants to hang on to. They do not know the toll it takes on everyone involved- diagnosed and not- as suddenly hope seems replaced with helplessness because of the progressive disease that keeps progressing. Because there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, there is no guaranteed way to stop Alzheimer’s from getting worse. And so, people lose their memories, damage their cognitive abilities, and change their behavior until there is nothing left to take. But Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate between ages: according to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 200,000 Americans under age 65 have Alzheimer’s.
People need to know about Alzheimer’s. People need to understand how horrible it can be to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. People need to care about those who have been diagnosed. Because without knowing, understanding, and caring, there can be no cure. It will remain a problem society shoves under a carpet. Joining Generations knows how scary Alzheimer’s can be. Joining Generations understands the devastation it can cause and these student volunteers interact with those suffering from Alzheimer’s often. Because of such interaction, Joining Generations volunteers develop more of an understanding of what it may be like from a caregiver perspective and they begin to care deeply about these people who have been diagnosed with such a scary disease themselves. That is why every year, residents and Joining Generations student volunteers pair up and walk a 5k to spread awareness together. We have walked every year since our establishment, we walked this year, and we will not stop walking until there is a cure and until people start to care.
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