The mission of the Alzheimer's Association 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.
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.
More and more research is being done to support the use of music as a successful non pharmacological therapy for people with Alzheimer's Disease. As a result we would like to join the list of many organizations who actively raise funds to provide mp3 players to local senior living communities for their patients with Alzheimer's Disease. Research shows that a vast majority of patients with AD respond positively to music making this tool available to those communities will be a welcomed benefit to the patient.
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.
Research shows that caregivers who feel better prepared for their caregiving role handle it much better and with much more confidence. This past year we received well over 1200 calls from individuals in this community through our Helpline number. Those callers required as little as a simple referral and as much as individual care consultation ranging from help with planning for a loved one in the end stages of the disease or how to handle a new diagnosis and what to do next.
We delivered education programs and services to close to 1000 unduplicated individuals either over phone conferencing or in person in both english and spanish.
Needs StatementWhile our services cover 18 counties in Central Texas, we would like to target 5 with a high senior population and a high percentage of individuals living below poverty lines: Bell; Hays; Travis; Robertson and Williamson Counties.
We will survey senior and assisted living communities in those area to determine the biggest need they have when providing support to families of patients with Alzheimer's disease and tailor our ask to be able to respond to those needs.
In our initial assessment we are planning to increase our reach with FREE programs and services in those areas. In addition, in response to research which shows the benefit of music therapy as a non pharmaceutical approach to the treatment of these patients, we would like to provide mp3 players to those living with the disease being cared for at communities in the counties mentioned above.
"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