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OUR VISION is a world in which all persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease have the services that they need.


OUR MISSION is to provide the information and support needed so that all Arkansans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are able to live with dignity and comfort until a cure is found.


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Picture of walk particpantsEvents Alzheimer's Arkansas Walks - 2014

Caregiver’s Count!

Is the theme for all the Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walks throughout the state this year, and we think it says what we’re all about.  Too often, caregivers are overlooked when we talk about Alzheimer’s disease.  More than 50% of caregivers pass away before the patient due to the stress of caregiving.  They spend countless hours caring for their loved one and need support to help deal with this devastating disease.

In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s care valued at $2.2 billion.  80% of care provided is by unpaid caregivers.  In Arkansas, 172,000 family and friends provided 196 million hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s, care valued at $2,419 million.

More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; more than 1/3 reported symptoms of depression.  Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiver, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013.

It’s never too early to get started on the Walk in your community.  And one person, no matter the age really can make a difference. For example, a young man in one of the Walk communities is already hard at work galvanizing the local schools and organizing his peers to be involved in the 2014 Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk.  We are humbled by this young man and his steely determination to raise awareness and proceeds for Alzheimer’s Arkansas

The Walks are the backbone of this organization. 

They help generate revenue for things like: 

  • Educational programs
  • Family caregiver services
  • After hours caregiver phone
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Lending library
  • File of Life Program
  • General operating expenses 

Walks are a place where people just have fun.  They laugh with others and laughing has been shown to relieve stress.  Whether you Walk along or join friends, family or co-workers and walk as a team, please know that YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!  Many walk to honor or remember a colleague, friend or loved one affected by Alzheimer’s or one of the related dementias.

If you have never participated in one of our Walks, make it your goal to attend one in 2014.  It is a great day of fun and one that you will remember for years to come.

Walks need people and we need you!  For ways you can help your Arkansas friends and neighbors please contact Barbara Jensen at 501-224-0021 or barbara.jensen@alzark.org.

5 Ways to Register for the Walks:

  1. You can download the forms (see below), fill them out and mail or fax them in.
     
  2. When you receive one of our email blasts, you can register from the links provided.
     
  3. If you have a smart phone, you can scan one of our QR codes which will take you to our website, where you can download the forms or follow the links to www.firstgiving.com
     
  4. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising:  this is where you enlist supporters from your family, friends and co-workers.  You can set up your pages and tell your story about why you are supporting the Walks.  You can use facebook to reach all your friends.  Simply go to www.firstgiving.com, search for Alzheimer’s Arkansas, select the Walk you are interested in and follow the directions.
     
  5. Call Alzheimer’s Arkansas at 501-224-0021 / 800-689-6090.

 

2014 Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk Schedule:

August 23, 2014 – River Valley Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at Russellville

September 13, 2014 - Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at Conway

September 20, 2014 - Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at Fairfield Bay

September 27, 2014 - Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at Little Rock

October 4, 2014 - Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at Hot Springs

 

 

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