Category: Caregiving

Bay Area Volunteer Shares Experience and Caregiving Insights

I decided to volunteer after I did my first Walk to End Alzheimer’s last October. I was so uplifted. I felt such a sense of camaraderie. These were people who shared my experiences and had a common goal. I absolutely wanted to be more involved with these people and this cause. I signed up to volunteer right after the walk! I have not regretted one single moment – I have had the opportunity to attend a regional training event and the various committee meetings and I have never felt so welcome. The staff at the Alzheimer’s Association and the other volunteers have been amazing. I first learned about the Walk through Live Oak. I was on their team last year and this year I have formed a team at work – Team Synopsys – in hopes of garnering even more donations and exposure for the big event.

Watch: 2016 African American Forum – Ask the Experts Session

The 8th Annual African American Wellness Forum took place on April 16th in Berkeley, CA. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, and interact with other caregivers in similar caregiving situations. Caregivers also learned how to respond when Alzheimer’s causes unpredictable behaviors, how to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and various ways to stay strong during stressful caregiving experiences.

A Tribute to Our Volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Association success is due to the commitment and dedication of thousands of volunteers across the United States who share our commitment to ending the Alzheimer’s crisis. Because of volunteers, we’re able to raise awareness and advocate for policies that will help us to ensure that all who face the disease have the quality care and support they need, and to accelerate research toward treatment and prevention of this deadly disease.

Erica and Family

Longtime Volunteer from San Jose Shares Her Story

Erica Perez-Chavez is a stay-at-home mother of three from San Jose. She was raised by her great grandparents Maria and Manuel. Erica was six months pregnant when she lost her great grandmother to Alzheimer’s in 2004. She knew nothing about the disease other than the fact that it took the only mother she’d ever known.

Debbie and Her Mom

A Bay Area Alzheimer’s Advocate Shares Her Story

My advocacy work is personal. My mother died as a result of Alzheimer’s on October 4, 2009. I was there with her every day and every step of the way. My family had always been very close knit and my mother meant the world to me. I didn’t think that I would be able to live without her. It broke my heart into a million pieces and hurt like hell to watch this cruel disease erase my mother’s memory of those she loved and then kill her.