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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Charity Navigator Highlights Top Charities For Alzheimer's Awareness Month



For those who don’t know, November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Back in 1983 President Ronald Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer’s Month.  Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of individuals and their families who try their best to cope with the effect Alzheimer’s has on them.  Here at Charity Navigator we rate several organizations that are working to combat this disease— whether it is hosting a race for a cure to fund research into the cause and prevention of Alzheimer’s, or funding immediate support for individuals living with the disease.  To help support the fight against Alzheimer’s, here are a few highly-rated organizations you can find on Charity Navigator:

One of the organizations that focuses on the biological aspects of Alzheimer’s is The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (☆☆☆).  The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a great organization that funds research for the best ways to slow, prevent, or reverse Alzheimer’s disease.  All of the organization’s overhead expenses are paid by the Founders and Board members so that all other contributions are applied straight to research against the disease.  Their research covers many different aspects of Alzheimer’s research, including finding a cure and helping determine those who are at a higher risk of developing the disease at a younger age.

If you are looking for something that provides support to the family of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s you can look at the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center (☆☆☆).  Their main goal is to provide a better quality of life for families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia through services to meet each family’s individual needs.  They provide support to families by offering counseling, therapy, and socialization for patients, as well as providing caregivers and education on coping with Alzheimer’s.  They work with the Hoag Neurosciences Institute to help raise awareness about early detection.

Finally, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (☆☆☆) provides services to individuals with Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers and families.  The AFA raises awareness of Alzheimer’s by educating healthcare professionals as well as the public about the signs and symptoms of the disease.  They work to detect Alzheimer’s earlier and improve the quality of life for everyone diagnosed with the disease while fighting the stigma associated with it.

Whether you are looking to help provide more awareness about Alzheimer’s disease or provide support to the individuals and families affected by it, there are several highly-rated organizations you may consider. You can also use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more charities including local organizations that provide support to individuals and families in your area.

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