Project that we are working on and where your time, money and/or material donations Make the Difference
My Parents Keeper - Alzheimer's WalkMy Parents’ Keeper (MPK):

The goal of My Parents’ Keeper is to provide families with assistance with the cost of Alzheimer’s medicine, the cost of travel to spend time with their parental figure and other life necessities if it facilitates their ability to provide care.

We need your help embracing the staggering task of providing assistance which will supplement the cost of medicine or travel allowing time to be spent with a parent or loved one. We are asking for your help in providing a better quality of life for those experiencing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia by helping to secure the medicines that slow the progression of the disease thereby providing the gift of time in quality if not quantity.  We are asking for your help in the form of donations.

The two main areas in which we are seeking your help are; 1) supplementing the astronomical cost of Alzheimer’s recommended medicines in cases where there is little to no insurance coverage and 2) travel either to arrange care for one’s parent or just for a visit to create new memories. 

Two notable medicines prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s are Aricept and Namenda. The average cost for these two medicines alone is approximately $425.00 for a 30 day supply. What family can afford that amount of money each month for just two prescriptions not taking into consideration other medicines?

My Parents Keeper - Having Fun at the Alzheimer's Walk

According to the latest 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures 5.2 million people are stricken with Alzheimer’s, the culprit that erases precious memories with time. This figure includes 5 million people aged 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  

  • The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 500,000 Americans younger than 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s are women. Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 3.2 million are women and 1.8 million are men.
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. By 2050 an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

An estimated 15.5 million family members and friends provided unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Data reflects caregivers range in age from very young to very old. This is a staggering amount of caregivers that are unpaid. So, how are they able to give the time and care to their loved one and still survive with quality in their lives? Thinking about the caregiver what about the person stricken with Alzheimer’s’? What is their financial state? How do they survive, with each passing day that their cognitive ability lessens and while their ability to place thoughts together fades like the sunset?  Trying to hold on is to no avail. Inevitably, the memory is lost.

Our goal is to maintain a running budget of $1,000,000 or more, never having to turn anyone away. Your contributions is our budget we want to assist as many families as we can with amounts up to $2,000 for medicine and a $1,000 for travel annually. Families will have the opportunity to reapply or request assistance in an emergency.

Alzheimer’s is a steady descent into forgetfulness, so every moment one can spend with their parents provides a new opportunity to enjoy life’s experiences of that day, capture the moments.  Some of the best memories are made in a few minutes of a day; you will have the satisfaction of knowing your donation made those memories possible.

 

 

 

 

See WhereYOU Can Look To Find Some Answers

 

 

Paula Wolfert, Cooking to cope with Alzheimer’s

 

 

http://blog.alz.org/cooking-with-alzheimers-food-family-the-nontraditional/