“Do a little big thing” during Alzheimer’s Week

Alzheimer's Week balloon kickoff at Bethany

More than 100 Bethany residents, staff and family members gathered to kick off Alzheimer’s Awareness Week on Sept. 23.

All of us can “do a little big thing” to work toward a world free of Alzheimer’ Disease, said Carrie Mueller, Director of Outreach and communications for the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, during an Alzheimer’s Awareness Week kickoff event at Bethany Village on Monday, Sept. 23.

More than 100 purple-clad residents and staff gathered and displayed purple balloons to make Alzheimer’s Awareness Week visible to our community. That was a great start at “a little big thing” to kick off the week, Mueller said.

Alzheimer's Association speaker Mueller encourages crowd

Carrie Mueller, left, of the Alzheimer’s Association, encourages the crowd to participate in creating awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease this week and every week.

All of us share information with others about Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia which affect more than 5 million persons in the United States today, she said. As the Baby Boom generation ages, that number will triple by 2050 at the present rate, she said.

Participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, Sept. 28 would be a great “little big thing” to do, she said. Visit www.alz.org/Dayton to join the Bethany Village team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 28 as it meets at the University of Dayton River Campus (the former NCR headquarters building) on South Dixie Drive, Dayton.

Team Bethany had the largest team in the 2012 walk with 162 participants, said Mueller. See 2012 Walk-to End Alzheimers. Contact Team Bethany captain Artie Taylor, Manager, Courtyard Park, for more information.

Employees, residents, families and friends can join in Alzheimer’s Awareness Week activities Sept. 23-28. Alzheimers Week flyer.

By visiting www.alz.org/dayton, Mueller said, anyone can also:

  • Register to be an advocate, to share your support and information with legislators and decision-makers
  • Make a personal donation of money or time, and
  • Encourage others to contribute or volunteer

“If each of us does a little thing, we can together do a big thing: to create a world without Alzheimer’s,” she said.

See Bethany residents and staff in a video: 3 Words for Alzheimer’s Awareness.