What a phenomenal and unexpected year!
On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association in North Carolina — Board of Directors, our entire staff, and the Alzheimer’s community in our great state, we want to extend holiday wishes to you. We wish to thank each and every one of you for all you have done to help us continue our work toward our mission: to lead 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.
This year has asked more of all of us than we ever expected, and you answered that call in monumental ways. Within a month of the pandemic hitting, all care and support services, volunteer efforts and fundraising initiatives were converted to safe/virtual options, so that our mission didn’t skip a beat.
Below are just a few of the many ways you have helped us continue to pursue our mission in 2020:
- Research – Currently, the Association is investing over $208 million in 590 active best-of-field projects in 31 countries.
- Information & Referral – More than 2,000 North Carolinians utilized the 24/7 Helpline service.
- Education, Training & Support Groups – Successfully converted to a fully virtual platform in March serving more than 5,000 individuals across the state through caregiver classes, workshops and conferences during the year.
- Advocacy – Helped secure a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research, bringing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health to nearly $2.8 billion.
- Funding the Mission – More than 6,000 participated Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day across North Carolina.
Thank you for all you have done to support our efforts this year, and we look forward to making even more of a difference together in 2021.
With gratitude and warm wishes this holiday season,
KATHERINE L. LAMBERT
CEO, Western Carolina Chapter
Regional Leader for NC, SC and GA
Executive Director, Eastern North Carolina Chapter
P.S. We know that the holidays are often filled with opportunities for togetherness, sharing, laughter and memories. But they can also bring stress, disappointment and sadness. A person living with Alzheimer’s may feel a special sense of loss during the holidays because of the changes he or she has experienced. At the same time, caregivers may feel overwhelmed maintaining traditions while providing care. With that in mind, here are some tips and information on navigating the holidays and Alzheimer’s. And as always, our dementia care experts are available to you 24/7 at 800.272.3900.
Holiday wishes from our families to yours.