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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Ignites Hope to End the Disease

Sponsored by: La Mesa Rehab, Valleywise Health Foundation, & Holland Pathways

Every 70 seconds, another American family is affected by Alzheimer’s.

In fact, more than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with the disease. No one should face Alzheimer’s alone, and the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter understands that. November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and I had the honor of sitting down with the chapter’s Executive Director to learn why providing support to all those facing Alzheimer’s is so important.

Did you know November is also National Family Caregivers Month? It’s equally as important to recognize and honor the people caring for those with Alzheimer’s this month, and beyond. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a multitude of resources and support for caregivers as a reminder that they’re not alone and that caring for your well-being, as a caregiver, is so very important.

Of course, the education, discussion, support and advocacy surrounding Alzheimer’s disease isn’t limited to only November. The Alzheimer’s Association has local chapters across the nation as well as offers a free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) staffed by master’s-level clinicians and specialists, providing confidential support and information to all those affected in over 200 languages. To all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, remember you are not alone.

Life Changing Treatment

Another organization who strives to ignite hope in others is Holland Pathways in Kansas. For many who are battling an addiction, life can feel overwhelming. Holland Pathways is dedicated to helping adults triumph over their addictions through a variety of treatment programs that support the individual at every stage of their recovery. We learned more about the life saving treatment programs Holland Pathways offers to its clients.

Many Voices Create a Loud Noise

Breathing is of course essential to life. When you can’t breathe, your body goes into fight or flight mode.  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease in which your lungs become inflamed, making breathing more difficult. In fact, there are more than 3 million cases of COPD per year in the U.S.

La Mesa Rehab in California not only engages the public as to why it’s so important to talk about COPD, but they also provide life-saving pulmonary rehab, disease education, pulmonary support groups and so much more.

Wellness for All Families

For nearly 150 years, Valleywise Health Foundation (formerly known as Maricopa Integrated Health Systems), has consistently stepped up to address the most critical health needs for the people of Arizona. As the Phoenix area’s only public teaching health system, they continue to make a significant difference within the community they serve.

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Stay healthy, friends!

Erica Cardenas (@ericacardenas1)