Experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. This progressive illness, which slowly destroys memory and cognitive function over time, currently has no cure. Life with Alzheimer’s disease can be frightening, heartbreaking and alienating for both sufferers of the disease and their caregivers, and a strong support system is critical. Describing itself as “the heart of Alzheimer’s caregiving,” CaringKind works to create and provide free, comprehensive and compassionate services for those living with the disease and their loved ones, while supporting the search for a cure through cutting-edge medical research. In addition to support groups and a cultural arts program, CaringKind offers a helpline to directly connect patients and families with information, education and support, while staff social workers can develop personalized care plans for patients. The MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program serves as a crucial safety net for patients at risk of wandering, and provides these vulnerable individuals with a 24/7-support emergency-response service.
On October 11, the organization will host its largest fundraising event of the year, the 2020 CaringKind Alzheimer’s Walk. While COVID-19 is preventing supporters from gathering in one location this year, we can still unite virtually and in spirit. Walkers are invited to join the opening ceremony and yoga stream online, then hit the pavement in their own neighborhoods in solidarity with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, caregivers and research efforts. Sport an orange shirt, post your walk selfies online, and tune into the post-race livestream from the comfort of home. Watch the eye-opening “COVID-19 & Caregiving” panel, tech expo and resource presentations, plus a concert by David Hyde Pierce and Broadway Friends. Walkers who raise $100 or more will earn a T-shirt, which will be mailed before the walk.
Early registration can help CaringKind prepare for the walk, and the organization urges you to sign up today.