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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.

Inflammation and Alzheimer's Disease

Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Inflammation is a very complex set of processes that are geared towards identifying, attacking and removing pathogens. In other words, the human body uses inflammation to rid itself of foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. These stimulate inflammation when they’re present in the brain or anywhere in the body where they shouldn’t be, and inflammatory response molecules move in that area to attack them.

The Story of Those Living Alone with Dementia and a Free Alzheimer’s Association Resource to Help Them Cope

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free program to assist people with memory problems who live alone in San Mateo County. The Dementia Capable Services & Supports initiative was made possible with the generous support of San Mateo County and local community partners, and has already shown success in identifying high risk individuals and connecting them with legal aid, social and home safety services.

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.