What an extraordinary year!
On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association in North Carolina — our Board of Directors, staff, and the Alzheimer’s community in our amazing state, we want to extend our sincerest holiday greetings to you. Thank each and every one of you for all that you have done to support us as we 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 brought with it an ongoing degree of uncertainty and continued to demand more from us than we ever expected, yet you always showed up in tremendous ways. While the ever evolving pandemic has continued to present challenges, all care and support services, volunteer efforts and fundraising initiatives were consistently redesigned such that they were effectively delivered in safe and/or virtual options. Our mission therefore never skipped a beat.
Below are some highlights that exemplify the numerous ways you helped us execute and advance our mission in 2021:
- Research – Currently, the Association is investing over $250 million in 750 projects in 39 countries.
- Information & Referral – More than 1,900 North Carolinians utilized the 24/7 Helpline service.
- Education, Training & Support Groups – More than 7,300 individuals across the state participated in virtual, on-demand, and in-person education programs and support groups.
- Advocacy – Helped secure a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research, bringing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health to $3.2 billion.
- Funding the Mission – More than 8,300 participated in Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day across North Carolina.
With gratitude and warmest 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 disease or another form of dementia 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.