Joe Schmidt: We must also remember those who care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

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As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On September 9, nearly 3,000 residents from Louisville and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication, participants raised almost $500,000!

The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for these passionate people. Every dollar raised through the Walk will further critical efforts to advance advocacy and education, enhance care and support programs, raise awareness, and promote research. However, we could still use your help to reach our 2017 fundraising goal. Donations can be made online through the end of December at alz.org.

As our Walks wrap-up and November rolls in, the Alzheimer’s Association is recognizing and honoring the more than 15 million family members and friends across the U.S. (271,000 in Kentucky) who are currently caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s.

This November during National Family Caregivers Month, I, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, encourage people to lend a hand to caregivers because I know first-hand the demands associated with being a caregiver, and how a helping hand can make a world of difference.

My mother spent countless nights and weekends caring for my grandmother as she was battling the disease, all while continuing to work a full-time job, and supporting our family in the process. Even with our extended family helping out as much as possible, it was evident how physically and mentally draining the job of a caregiver can be.

I also encourage you to join me in thanking Congressman Yarmuth for showing his commitment in the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Walk and that he increase his dedication by joining the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. To learn more and take action, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.

Joe Schmidt is a business banker and Alzheimer’s Association Advocate from Louisville

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