Alzheimer’s Association: Reaching Out Locally

In the United States, 1 in every 59 individuals has Alzheimer’s disease. In Central Florida, 1 in every 29 individuals has Alzheimer’s disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading global, voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. 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.” The Alzheimer’s Association continues to work towards this goal by educating the public about this disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual fundraiser, “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is quickly approaching. 74 Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the country will participate in this walk. The goal is to raise more than $45 million to help fight Alzheimer’s disease and provide support and education services to Alzheimer’s families.

The Elder Law Firm of Clements and Wallace P.L. recognizes the work that the Alzheimer’s Association has put towards this important cause and has become a Corporate Sponsor for this year’s fundraiser. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in multiple locations this year: Bradenton (10/8/2011), Fort Myers (10/22/2011), Lakeland (10/29/2011), Naples (10/15/2011), Punta Gorda (9/24/2011), Saint Petersburg (9/24/2011), Sarasota (10/1/2011), Sebring (10/15/2011), Spring Hill (10/22/2011), Sun City Center (10/8/2011), and Tampa (9/17/2011). Register online for a location near you today! You can register solo or create a team! Join us in supporting this amazing cause!

Another way that the Alzheimer’s Association’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is reaching out to the Central Florida community is through training program opportunities. On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a “Dementia Care Training” class at the Palm Terrace of Lakeland (1919 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL) from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be a variety of qualified speakers at this training event covering various aspects of the topic from basic facts about Dementia to medication fundamentals. The Elder Law Firm of Clements and Wallace P.L.’s own Carol Wallace will be speaking at this event about the legal issues in planning for long-term care. This program is designed for family caregivers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Light refreshments will be available for attendees. RSVP is appreciated for seating and refreshment planning purposes: Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210 or