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Copyright 2021 Alzheimer's Association of Central & Western Virginia
Copyright 2021 Alzheimer's Association of Central & Western Virginia

The AA of Central & Western Virginia Shines Light on Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

James Black

The Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Virginia, along with other chapters across the nation, has been leading the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia. Achieving the organization’s goal involves accelerating global research, driving risk reduction, early detection of Alzheimer’s and related dementia-like disorders, & maximizing quality care and support.

Founded in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association came into existence to a large degree because of founding President & CEO Jerome Stone’s personally tragic experience with Alzheimer’s, as his wife, Evelyn Stone, was diagnosed with the disease 10 years earlier in 1970. Evelyn’s diagnosis inspired her husband and the medical community to engage in a global conversation at a time when much of what is known today about Alzheimer’s and other degenerative disorders was cloaked in mystery.

The AA, including the Central & Western Virginia chapter, provides a series of resources comparing the differences between Alzheimer’s and other degenerative disorders, including dementia. Additionally, the organization offers an e-learning course free of charge to the general public to help keep the public informed about critical information regarding the onset of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other disorders.

Additionally, the organization offers important ways to support others in the community who have or may have Alzheimer’s or dementia, which according to medical experts, is not a normal part of aging, but is linked to 60-80 percent of dementia cases. These resources include information on brain health, caregiving, ways to help the community, and more!

Highlighting the importance of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month each June, the Alzheimer’s Association is seeking to highlight the connection between individual contributions and the development of their research programs. Donations help grow multiple research efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s & dementia, including clinical trials, and other newly-funded forms of research.

As the largest nonprofit in the nation dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s, the AA offers opportunities for individuals to volunteer for safely conducted clinical trials. Other ways of getting involved in the ongoing mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s include volunteering and participating at various events, advocating for the AA, becoming a partner or sponsor, and supporting the organization through donations.

To donate to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Virginia, click HERE.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Virginia is located at 3831 Old Forest Rd, Suite 7, Lynchburg, VA 24501. You can reach them by telephone at (434) 329-7927.

To view upcoming volunteer opportunities and events, view The Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Virginia’s page on SHARE Greater Lynchburg HERE.