The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter Welcomes Local AKA partners

Welcome Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.®

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is proud to announce a new partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community.

On Thursday, October 29, the Georgia Chapter celebrated this new partnership with a kickoff event at our Chapter office. The following local chapters were represented: Rho Zeta Omega, Psi Alpha Omega, Tau Pi Omega and Tau Epsilon Omega.


African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementias, however they are less likely to be diagnosed, or diagnosed at a much later stage. This partnership will help the Association better connect African-Americans with important Alzheimer’s information and support.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest African-American sorority, is a trusted source of information within the African-American community. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha will work with the Metro Atlanta Alzheimer’s Association chapter to better engage the African-American community in the full mission of the Association. This may include:

  • Connecting the Alzheimer’s Association to community partners, businesses, contacts and churches to open the doors for Alzheimer’s education, care and support
  • Volunteering for Alzheimer’s Association events, activities and planning committees
  • Becoming a trained Alzheimer’s community educator or support group leader
  • Becoming an Alzheimer’s Association advocate

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is elated to be working with Alpha Kappa Alpha to better reach, educate and engage the African American community in resources. This partnership will connect the African-American community in the Metro Atlanta area to education, care, support, research and advocacy programs that are so important for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Your Hidden Resource Center: The Alzheimer’s Association

Did you know that the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter offers a wide range of publications designed to meet the unique needs of families caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias? We have literature and books that are designed to help people who have been diagnosed, family caregivers, professional caregivers and even kids/teens.

Brochures Galore!

We have many many brochures to choose from!

Brochure Topics include but are not limited to:

Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease

Know the 10 Warning Signs

Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Center Information



Money Matters

Legal Plans


I Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Younger Onset


Staying Safe

Facts & Figures

Alzheimer's Library

A snippit of our Alzheimer’s library- something for everyone! Call us 800-272-3900 to learn about buying or checking out books!

Books, Media & Lending Library include but are not limited to:

36 Hour Day
Coach Broyles Alzheimer’s Playbook

Living Your Best with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Chicken Soup for the Soul

What’s happening to Grandpa?


Of course we also have a wealth of information available online at  So much information can be very beneficial, but also overwhelming. If you’re struggling with something specific or need certain topical-information, please give us a call at 800-272-3900 to discuss. We’re happy to do all the foot-work for you and send you the brochures, books and/or online resources that will best meet your needs. We’re here to help! Give us a call anytime, 24/7 at 800-272-3900.



Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

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Phil and Kim Wilson have been happily married for seven years. Their home in Rome, Georgia is recognizable for its well-tended garden, ablaze with vibrant colors. Kim’s children live nearby along with her grandchildren – 3 boys: Mason, Oliver and Dexter. Phil and Kim have a close-knit family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, but 18 months ago Kim’s husband and her friends began to notice some unusual changes in her behavior.

Kim too, was noticing that something was not quite right. “Honestly I think it was when I was still working, that was when it got me a little bit torqued out and I just couldn’t handle the stuff that I needed to do, and I found that to be very hard for me, and I’m like, what’s wrong with me? When I did not have a job I would stay at home most of the time. I felt like I was very cloistered. Sometimes it was very frightening, because I would have to think first, and listen internally and then it was almost like boom, I woke up again. I was asking myself, what is really happening with me? ”

Phil explained that the first time he really noticed something different was when he visited Kim on a lunch break with some of her colleagues, and she didn’t really appear to know where she was. After this, he began to add things up that he hadn’t really paid attention to before.

“Last Thanksgiving,” said Phil, his voice thick with emotion, “is when it probably hit us all. Kim has always cooked Thanksgiving dinner, always. She gets out Aunt Jean’s recipe book and follows it to a T, and just charges through it.” But sadly, this last holiday, was very different. “She opened the recipe book and burst into tears because she could not follow a recipe. She could still do the cooking, but I had to prepare all the ingredients for her.”

Kim’s children were also becoming increasingly concerned about her because they noticed that during conversations, she would get lost in sentences. “She would be half way through a sentence and would just stop, and just wouldn’t know where she was coming from. She would say opposite words, instead of saying day, she’d say night, instead of in, she’d say out,” said Phil. “We sat down with Kim as a family group and expressed our concerns.  We were very worried about her; she’s one of the most brilliant women I’ve ever met in my life. I was worried that someone who was so switched on and so smart, could get stuck on such simple things.”

In March of 2014, Kim’s family physician recommended that they see a neurologist, and he and his team conducted a battery of cognitive, psychological and physical tests. At that time, the tests did not indicate that Kim was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “Each time we got the results of a test,” said Phil, “we were going yes, yes! It’s not Alzheimer’s.”

But at the same time, the physicians were unable to find the cause of Kim’s symptoms. The final verdict came in March 2015, when local neurologist, Dr. William Naguszewski performed a lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap). This test examines cerebrospinal fluid – the liquid that bathes the brain and spinal column – for changes in two important proteins. These changes may indicate the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease[1]. The results of Kim’s lumbar puncture were positive for early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

A subsequent series of MRIs revealed that Kim had also experienced a series of mini-strokes, which are the result of blood clots blocking blood flow in the brain. This condition, though relatively common for anyone over 50 years, can lead to a form of vascular dementia, which may have been what initially steered the doctors away from a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

In July 2014, Dr. Naguszewski referred the Wilsons to Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, to meet with Dr. Alan Levey, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Emory University, and Director of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Dr. Levey concurred with Dr. Naguszewski’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Kim is still being treated by Dr. Levey and his team. She has recently been invited to participate in a Dian-Tu study[5]. This 2-year prevention trial targets individuals who have a family history of a type of Alzheimer’s caused by gene mutation. This is particularly relevant for Kim since her great-grandmother, grandmother, aunt, and father, all suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. The ultimate goal of the research is to isolate the genetic mutation so that a bio-marker for Alzheimer’s can be identified in children at risk.

“It’s important to me (to be part of the study) because I’m trying to do this for me, and for other people and for my children and grandchildren,” said Kim.

Although Kim is well aware of the symptoms and risks of her condition, she retains a positive outlook for the future. “I would like to think that the next day is going to be a great day, but sometimes it is very, very hard. Sometimes I get to the point where I want to just go and sit down and have a big squall. You just never know. It’s the dynamics that are so hard. It’s like a tornado. It comes in and then it goes. When it happens you’ve got to roll with the punches, other than that I’d just be sitting in a corner all my life. I don’t want to do that.”

To remind her of how much she is loved, Kim’s daughter bought her mother a poster, which hangs on her kitchen wall. It reads: Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you ever imagined yourself to be.”

Being a caregiver also takes its toll, and though Phil is hopeful that a cure for Alzheimer’s will soon be found, looking down the road to his future with Kim can be daunting. “My biggest fear is that a cure is not going to be had, and I’ll come home one day and Kim won’t know who the hell I am,” said Phil. But whatever the future may hold, one thing is certain, Phil and Kim Wilson will continue to love each other while living with Alzheimer’s.

Kim’s disorder has currently progressed to the point where she has difficulty with mathematics. She is challenged with hand writing, telling the time, and she sometimes has moments of general confusion. However, she has a message of inspiration for anyone who is going through the same thing as she is right now: “Be strong, carry on, don’t let it get you down. You have a life right now, so it’s very, very important to live that life as long as you possible can, just one day at a time. It makes something for everybody else, that’s what’s important. Yes, this is a sh**y thing that has happened, but I’m still alive and as long as I’m still alive I will keep movin’, and goovin’, as long as I can. Let’s go, wherever it is we’re going to go, let’s keep moving.”

On November 14, 2015, Kim and Phil, their family and friends will be keeping it moving in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s. The event will take place in Rome, Georgia and throughout the United States, with participants raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association[6]. You can find more about participating in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s and how to make a donation here.

  • Corinna Underwood: As well as being a long-time friend of Phil and Kimberly Wilson, Corinna Underwood has been a freelance health writer for fifteen years. She has been published in many outlets worldwide. She is also the author of several fiction and  non-fiction books. You can find out more about Corinna and contact her here.





Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

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My mother-in-law’s diagnosis of dementia forever changed the lives of everyone in our family. I remember sitting with my husband in a row of metal chairs along the hallway in the medical facility while she was being examined by a geriatric neurologist. It seemed to take an eternity. Finally the doctor emerged from the scan room and told my husband and me, “She has significant brain shrinkage indicating dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. There is not much we can do at this point. There are medications, but their effectiveness is questionable. Her situation is progressive and will probably worsen over time.”

Neither one of us was surprised. Our concerns had finally been verified. Then two questions immediately came to mind. First, how were we going to provide her with the care she was going to need in the future? And secondly, how were we going to help Nan understand the reality of her diagnosis? It was in these mind-numbing moments that I began my journey into the complicated world of dementia care. Its complexities were unimaginable and I knew its future was unpredictable. And I was afraid; afraid for Nan and afraid for us. The only thing I knew for certain was that Nan’s cognitive skills were diminishing at an alarming rate and she needed help now.

Watching Nan slip down through the stages of dementia has been like witnessing two deaths simultaneously. I know this may sound emotional counterintuitive. Either someone is here or they are not. But this is not the case when someone suffers from dementia. A schism occurs between the mind and the body.

I don’t know when Nan began to separate from the world. I can’t put my finger on the time when her disease finally overtook her mind, and I don’t know if it even matters. But I do know that it seems to have happened in the blink of an eye, sometime when I wasn’t looking. Dementia will trick you like that. It distracts you with its initial symptoms that send you scurrying about on endless missions to solve daily problems and search for cures. It sneaks up behind its victims and snatches them while you are busy making sure that they are taking their medicine correctly and eating a balanced diet.

I wish I had a way to spare you the highs and lows of the acceptance process. I wish that I could catapult you past the pain and make you see the happiness that is possible even in the light of all that you are facing.  But I know that is impossible. So instead, through this blog I will give to the gift of the lessons that I have learned and hopefully, in the end, they will make all the difference.


Ronda Parsons

Ronda Parsons lives in Williamsburg, VA and is a caregiver to her mother-in-law who has dementia. She is the author of the book Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient: A Caregiver’s Guide to Connection and Hope


This post originally appeared on Ronda’s blog:

For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

I am the first to admit that fundraising is not my strong suit. Which is exactly why I work on the programs and services team here at the Alzheimer’s Association and not on the development team. But as I’ve said time and time again, it is going to take ALL of us working together AND fundraising to bring an end to Alzheimer’s Disease.

So for those of you, like me, who would rather hide in the bushes than ask someone to buy your girl scout cookies (true story) – I have some great news. Charity Miles is an app that you can download that raises money for a cause of your choice (pick us! pick us!) and all you have to do is download it and get moving. Seriously. That’s it.

Charity Miles is backed by sponsors who donate 25 cents per mile for walkers/runners and 10 cents per mile for bikers. It’s a fun and easy way to raise money for the Association! This does not replace fundraising efforts for say, The Walk to END Alzheimer’s for example – so just think of it as icing on the cake. The easiest of your fundraising efforts in this fight.

I hope you’ll join in the fun, download the app and get moving! Instructions are below and more information is available at  Please tell your friends and family too!

THANK YOU for your help in ENDING Alzheimer’s!


How it works:

  1. Download the free Charity Miles app to your iPhone or Android from the app store.
  2. Create an account by logging in with your email address or through Facebook.
  3. Choose the Alzheimer’s Association from the list of charities.
  4. Select whether you are walking, running or biking from the top activities bar.
  5. Press Start and get going.
  6. Walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile; bikers earn 10 cents per mile, courtesy of sponsors secured by Charity Miles.
  7. When finished, swipe up on the screen and follow the steps to save your miles.
  8. If you’re grateful for the sponsor’s support, please be sure to thank them at the prompt on the screen.
  9. Spread the word! The easiest way to double your impact is to get a friend to join you!

To create or join a Charity Miles online team:

  1. Press the + button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Type in the hashtag and name of the team you’d like to join or create.
  3. Anyone who tags themselves with the same hashtag will be on that team, and you’ll be able to see your collective impact and team leaderboard.
  4. You can join or create as many teams as you want.

Being a Long-Distance Caregiver


“Something is wrong with mom!”  The realization is frightening no matter where you are, but especially when you live far away from a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia. What can you do when you live hours away and a phone conversation with your loved one turns into a confusing jumble of past conversations or paranoid rants? Lately, I’ve had several conversations with long-distance caregivers embarking on this new and scary journey.

Recently I spoke with *Cassandra, a young woman who is her elderly aunt’s only living relative. Cassandra flies across the country fairly regularly to ensure that her aunt’s bills are paid, home is maintained and her medical needs are met. On her most recent visit, Cassandra arrived to find her aunt’s air conditioner broken, the house steaming hot and her aunt looking unkempt for the first time in her life.  Cassandra felt heartbroken, afraid, embarrassed and unsure of what to do next.

No two caregiving experiences are the same, but the feeling of helplessness is pretty universal when it comes to long-distance caregiving.  There are some signs that long-distance caregivers can be on the lookout for when they are speaking to loved ones or during visits:

  • Repetitive Conversations: Often one of the first things long-distance caregivers notice is that a loved one begins repeating stories in the course of a single conversation. Someone with worsening memory loss may also have difficulty following lengthy conversations.
  • Trouble with finances: Are bills going unpaid? How often does your loved one go to the bank to withdraw money? More than they used to? Check in about finances to see if you notice any red flags in that area.
  • Medication Usage: When you visit, can you tell if medications have been taken every day? If all of the bottles are still full, there may be a problem. Setting up a pill minder is a great intervention, if your loved one can remember to use it.

Like Cassandra, you may have already discovered that you are caring for someone with increasing needs.  You may also be trying to coordinate with other family members, near and far, to agree upon a caregiving plan. All of these challenges can be daunting, but the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help. Part of what I do is work with families locally to help develop a plan of care – everything from legal and financial planning to making referrals for home care, adult day care, living facilities and safety services. The other part of what I do is provide education and training about the disease process – this is especially important when there are lots of caregivers involved. It is nearly impossible to get everyone to agree to a plan of care if everyone can’t agree on what the problems are to begin with! And finally, I am here to provide emotional support to you on this journey and to help you widen your network of support. Caregiving is often an isolating experience and it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of support groups with people who have been there, or who are there, and who can help you get through this.  Whether you are local or long-distance, caregiving takes a mental, emotional and often times physical toll.

Here are some quick tips to get you started in the right direction:

  • Identify resources and use them.
    Learn about what is available in your community by contacting your local Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900 or using our online Community Resource Finder. You can also use Alzheimer’s Navigator, our free online tool that helps evaluate your needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services.
  • Reassess care needs during each visit.
    Dementia is a progressive disease, and care will need to be adjusted over time. While someone in early-stage Alzheimer’s may live independently, by the middle stage, 24-hour supervision will be required. Each time you visit, assess the situation to make sure care needs are being met.
  • Keep communication going.
    As a long-distance caregiver, you may coordinate many moving parts. Whether it is with family, neighbors or home health aides, set aside time to regularly discuss the needs of the person with dementia. If the person with dementia lives at a residential care facility, set up a regular time with the managing nurse or physician to get updates and maintain ongoing communication with care staff and friends who visit regularly.
  • Gather pertinent information and keep it handy.
    Make sure you have contact information for physicians, pharmacies, care providers and neighbors, as well as important financial and legal documents easily accessible in case they are unexpectedly needed.
  • Be kind to yourself.
    Living out of town does not mean you aren’t involved or that you don’t care. Get support by connecting with others who are long-distance caregivers through our online community.


The Alzheimer’s Association can be your partner in care. Don’t walk this journey alone. Contact us 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900

*Some details of the families are altered to protect their privacy.


Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Davis

This is an interview with Rebekah Davis, who currently serves as the Program Director in the North Georgia Regional office of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.

Where did you grow up and where did you go to college?
I grew up in Adairsville, GA. I graduated valedictorian from Adairsville High School. I earned a BS in Business Administration from  Reinhardt College (University now) and a MBA from Berry College.

How long have you worked at the Alzheimer’s Association?
My three year anniversary with the Association will be October 1.

What was one of the most surprising things that you learned about Alzheimer’s after you started working here?
I was surprised to learn the fiscal impact Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are having on our country. It was eye-opening to learn how dementia has and will affect our healthcare system, long term care facilities, emergency response personnel, churches, work places, and communities.

Why do you think that the work you do is important?
The work my colleagues and I do is important because we are here for caregivers and those with dementia at a time when they most need us. When we experience challenging times in our lives, it is helpful to have someone available to support us along the way. People with dementia and their caregivers know they have the Association to support them and advocate on behalf of them.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The part of my job I enjoy most is education. I feel strongly that education and knowledge are empowering. When I help caregivers learn, they are better equipped to provide the best care for their loved one and themselves.

What is your favorite quote from a family or individual that you have worked with while at the Association?                                                                                         Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape. (She didn’t make that up, but it’s a good one!)

Has working here impacted you in any particular way personally?                   Recently I’ve done some reading about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with regards to Alzheimer’s and dementia. As a result, I am working to make some changes in my own life. I have taken up running again (which had to take a back seat the past year and a half). I am trying to be more mindful of my diet, especially sweets (for someone who loves cake, you can imagine how difficult this is!). I have learned and try to remind myself – I have to take small steps and they will result in big changes over time

Finally, one silly question – what is your favorite food?
Well, this one is a little embarrassing. My favorite food is cake. I like many different types of cakes, but my favorite is white cake with buttercream icing. As you can imagine, I love birthday parties!


Rebekah & family going purple for Alzheimer's Awareness month at a Rome Braves game!

Rebekah & family going purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness month at a Rome Braves game!

Clinical Trials: Myths v/s Facts

There’s a lot of confusion about why clinical trials are necessary to advance research and about who is needed to fulfill the roles of participant. Below we have shared some clinical trial myths and facts from our website:   . If you have additional questions about trials or want to get involved with our Trial Match program, please call us at 800-272-3900 or sign up online at:

MRI Brain Scan

MRI Brain Scan


There are already plenty of volunteers. They don’t need me to participate. Alzheimer’s disease is the only top 10 cause of death in the U.S. without a method to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. New treatments for Alzheimer’s cannot be discovered without clinical trials, and many more participants are needed. At least 50,000 volunteers, both with and without Alzheimer’s, are urgently needed to participate. More than 130 Alzheimer’s clinical studies are now recruiting participants in 545 locations.
It’s too late – the disease is too advanced to participate in a research study. There are clinical studies that work with people in every stage of Alzheimer’s. Participating in a trial could have a potentially measurable impact on the disease.
If I join a clinical trial, I won’t receive the same quality of care that I currently have with my doctor.


Participants in clinical trials receive a high standard of care. All participants have the opportunity to talk with study staff, and should also continue care with their doctors.

Research shows that people involved in clinical studies do somewhat better than people in a similar stage of their disease who are not enrolled, regardless of whether the experimental treatment works. This may be due to the general high quality of care provided during clinical studies.

If I join a treatment clinical trial, I will get a placebo, and I don’t want that.


In a randomized clinical trial, it is often the case that some of the participants get a placebo as part of the trial design. Each potential participant should consider his or her comfort level in not knowing whether they will receive the experimental treatment or a placebo before deciding to join a trial.
There won’t be any clinical trials convenient to me unless I live in a big city, near a major Alzheimer’s disease research center, and/or have my own means of transportation. Alzheimer’s disease research is taking place in hundreds of locations throughout the country. Some clinical studies reimburse travel costs, and some may provide compensation to participants. Information about the latest Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials is available through a number of sources, including Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®.
There may be painful or invasive procedures as part of the clinical trial.


Each potential clinical trial participant should inquire about the trial design and the potential treatments and procedures they may receive during the study before deciding whether to join a trial. Volunteers can withdraw from a study at any time they or their physician feels it is in their best interest.
It costs too much to participate in a clinical trial.


Every clinical trial is designed differently. Some clinical trials reimburse associated travel costs, and some may provide compensation to participants. Still, there may be costs associated with participating, so contact your trial site for information pertaining to a particular trial of interest.
I am going to be rejected from a clinical trial because I have another disease or condition, too.


Some people with Alzheimer’s disease also have other chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, they may still qualify for a clinical trial. Each clinical study has different inclusion and exclusion criteria. Check with the trial site, or Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® for more details.
If there is a clinical trial that could help me, my doctor will tell me about it.


More than 130 Alzheimer’s clinical studies are currently taking place. Your physician may be unaware of all the research studies in your area. For the most up-to-date information about clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, visit Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®.


5 Minutes to Bring Us 5 Steps Closer to a Cure

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Doctors examining x-rays

This month during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month we are focusing especially on clinical trial participation since it is one of the really BIG ways that you can make a difference in this deadly disease.

Many people aren’t quite sure what clinical trials really are – perhaps images of scientists with test tubes come to mind. That can certainly be a part of it, but other clinical studies may be non-invasive (no needle sticks!) and may not require travel or hospital visits – some of them you can even do from home! CLICK HERE to read about one such example of a recent study that involves participants doing an old-fashioned pen and paper test on their own each year.

The great thing about TRIAL MATCH – the organization that the Alzheimer’s Association partners with, is that it is a lot less work for you to find out what you may be eligible for. So instead of having to fill out a separate profile for each research study that interests you, you fill out one profile on Trial Match and they let you know which studies around the country you may be eligible for! Easy peasy! It only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete online, which you can do right here:

So if you have 5 or 10 minutes to help END Alzheimer’s, and who doesn’t?, please know that it really does make a big impact.


What Can You Do About Alzheimer’s?


A researcher demonstrates brain changes that occur with a diagnosis of dementia.

Every person who has loved someone with Alzheimer’s disease knows the toll the disease takes on the person living with the disease and the family. But, there IS hope. Our nation eradicated polio, we’ve invested in research for AIDS, heart disease and cancer and we’ve seen great returns. There are now survivors for each of these diseases and people with these conditions can live well and enjoy life thanks to the advances made and treatments available.

If we are going to see effective treatments that do more than delay nursing home placement and can help provide for a good quality of life after a diagnosis of dementia, or even better find ways to prevent the disease, we have to step up our support of Alzheimer’s research.

The Alzheimer’s Association diligently lobbies congress for increased funding of research and Congress now appropriates about $586 million per year for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research. The Alzheimer’s Association also raises funds to support research world-wide, making the Association the third largest funder of research world-wide, only behind the National Institute of Health and China.

Funding is one of the two most significant unmet needs for furthering Alzheimer’s research. The second unmet need is for volunteers to participate in clinical trials. The requirements for participants are minimal compared to the results that will create a future with effective treatments or preventative measures.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and an ideal time for individuals to make a commitment to help eradicate Alzheimer’s. An easy way to do this is to get enrolled in clinical trials by signing up for TrialMatch, a program of the Alzheimer’s Association. Signing up is easy, just visit The program allows individuals to register on-line and be matched with trials in the area where the participant lives. Healthy individuals as well as persons with early stage dementia are needed for the trials.

People who participate in clinical trials tell us they do it because it gives them the opportunity to do something about Alzheimer’s and they feel it is an honor to play a role in finding a cure. Age continues to be the biggest risk factor for getting Alzheimer’s and we all are aging. We need our brains. Help celebrate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by participating in a clinical trial near you.

Ginny Helms is the Vice President of Chapter Services & Public Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter