Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Help us fund respite relief for caregivers through AmplifyATX!
This statement from Mr. Gates reinforces the fact that Alzheimer's Disease not only takes a toll on the person affected but their caregivers as well. Our organization's commitment to providing support to those individuals is sometimes hindered by the lack of resources to reach the sheer volume of those who need our help. We are especially committed to providing our services to the most rural and underserved communities at no cost. To that end we are actively looking to expand our Satellite education program through interactive technology and software for remote broadcasting, as well as our education by phone series. Providing these services in that manner allows more people to receive critical education either within the comfort of their own home or within a few miles not requiring long distance driving.
Impact StatementEvery 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Texas, and through continued research, we plan to find a cure. Until then we provide care and support to close to 50,000 people with the disease and close to 120,000 of their caregivers in Central Texas. This past year we received well over 1200 calls from individuals in this community through our Helpline number. We delivered education programs and services to close to 1000 unduplicated individuals either over phone conferencing or in person in both English and Spanish.
Research shows that caregivers who feel better prepared for their caregiving role handle it much better and with much more confidence.
Needs StatementWe will use funds raised through Amplify Austin to offer RESPITE RELIEF to those caring for people with Alzheimer's Disease.
Being a full-time caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's can be one of the most difficult and stressful jobs imaginable. Respite provides relief to people who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Time away from caregiving responsibilities is essential to the well-being of caregivers. Respite care helps to reduce stress and improve the quality of life and quality of care provided by caregivers.
We're aiming high -- Help us raise $20,000 to sponsor 80 individual caregivers for up to $250 worth of respite relief! We will prioritize our reach based on funding to focus on counties with a high senior population and a high percentage of individuals living below poverty lines: Bell; Hays; Travis; Robertson and Williamson Counties. However, should funding permit, we hope to be able to help as many of those who request the help. If we're successfully funded, each qualified participant could receive up to $250 towards respite care, paid directly to the service provider, facility of center of their choice.
Applicant will be responsible for identifying and selecting the company they'd like to use. The scholarship can cover the following types of respite:
- In-home care services
- Adult day centers
- Residential facilities
$250 = 1 stipend for 1 caregiver (if funds allow)
$125 (and up) = 1 overnight stay at a respite facility*
$60 (and up) = 1 day at a day care center*
$20 (and up) = 1 hour of care at home*
* prices vary depending on facility and service provider
- The person must have a diagnosis of dementia, and the caregiver must live in the same home as the person with dementia.
- Service must be provided in the area in which the person with dementia resides.
Application and more information will be posted on alz.org/texascapital.
"I have early onset Alzheimer's disease and my diagnosis came as a total shock to me. I was only 60 years young, enjoying life and looking forward to retirement after my wonderful 30 year career with the same company. The fact is though that "Alzheimer's has no boundaries" and we must cure this disease. We are so grateful for the Alzheimer's Association support." - Sharon, Austin
"I support the Alzheimer's Association because my mother was a wonderful, loving soul whose life was torn apart by the ravages of Alzheimer's, and she remained a positive and happy person because of the love and understanding she received from excellent caregivers. I want to help find a way to eliminate Alzheimer's so others don't have to go through what she did!" - Jill, Belton
If you are an individual (teen, adult or senior) or part of a family, team, group of employees or company, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see where your skills are needed. We can use your help in the following areas:
Special events, such as galas and other fundraisers
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Public education and awareness programs
Helpline support calls
Contact our office at 512-592-0990 if you are interested in being a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association