Alzheimer’s Association – Rotary Action Group
Why We Walk:
We are Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors that have extensive leadership experience around Alzheimer’s including Alzheimer’s education, patient care, prevention management, research for a cure and strategic partnership. We have chosen to band together as a Rotary Action Group to meld our passion and energies and direct them to supporting this wonderful effort.
This is why we are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. We share a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and we are inviting all Rotarians to walk with us in solidarity in more than 600 communities across the country.
The funds raised will help fight Alzheimer’s disease through vital research, advocacy efforts and essential support programs and services in your communities. Your team donations will play an important role in improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers.
Alzheimer’sDementia Rotary Action Group operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.
Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Oregon. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Oregon are escalating.
The most recent data show:
- 69,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Oregon.
- 11.6% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 188,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Oregon.
- 214 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $2.8 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $253 million is the cost of Alzheimer’s to the state Medicaid program.
These numbers show that a public health approach is necessary to lessen the burden and enhance the quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment and their families.
The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter provides education and support for Oregonians diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers. From our offices throughout the state, the Oregon Chapter reaches out to diverse communities by providing information and resources, 24/7 telephone help lines, local support groups and educational programs, an annual caregivers conference and a nationwide identification program, MedicAlert + Safe Return, for people with Alzheimer’s disease who may wander and get lost.
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