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Alzheimer’s Insights: Living online and thank you, volunteers

America is online more than ever before during the current health crisis, and the Alzheimer’s Association is no exception.  The Association is expanding its online reach.  You can find information about caregiver events and other online items in your area here:   https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=0

And as always, you can get more information about the Association’s emergency preparedness guidelines for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in long-term or community-based care settings here:

https://alz.org/professionals/professional-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-tips-for-dementia-caregivers

While we as a nation work through this, there is a ray of sunshine to be grateful for.  April is National Volunteer Month. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month

One of the definitions for “volunteer” at Dictionary.com is “a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

The Alzheimer’s Association relies on dedicated volunteers to achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and expand the reach of our programs to all communities. We seek committed, passionate volunteers to educate the public, lead support groups and provide social engagement to those living with early-stage Alzheimer’s. 

The Alzheimer’s Association Program Volunteer Community is a dedicated resource for our volunteers to learn, interact with one another across the country, and expand the reach of our programs in their local communities. New users can learn about and apply for volunteer opportunities near them.

Join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by becoming an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer. From planning an event to hosting a support group to providing office support, there are many ways to get involved. 

How can you become a volunteer?

Simply visit the site here and let it guide you through the process.

https://volunteer.alz.org/volunteeropportunities/opportunities-list-public149648

Here’s how it works:

Review our volunteer opportunities
Each opportunity describes its purpose, responsibilities, qualifications, commitment, and benefits to the volunteer. 

Complete the application and screening process.
When you find a role that fits your passion, skills, and availability, simply apply online. Our staff will contact you to start the matching process.

Learn about volunteer training
Each position has a unique training pathway designed to help you reach your volunteer goals.

Have fun!
Volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association is a rewarding experience that builds your skills, gives back to your community and helps people facing Alzheimer’s.

Only you know why you should volunteer, and there are as many reasons why as there are volunteers.

 

If you have questions, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 for more information.

 

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

Scott Finley is Media Relations Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association® in Texas.  He can be reached at scfinley@alz.org