Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Another Successful OT Event at the Alzheimer's Walk! By Jenna Mele, OTR/L

Nana’s Angels enjoyed a great fundraising season. We went beyond our goal and raised $2,340 to support the Alzheimer's Association. As an occupational therapist, there are many opportunities to engage with and serve this expanding community of people. During the walk, and throughout our campaign, we raised awareness of occupational therapy and the benefits of an intervention to preserve quality of life. Due to the Jimmo vs Sebelius settlement, people with chronic, progressive disease have better access to allied health services.

Our financial support helps the Alzheimer’s Association run a 24-hr professionally staffed helpline, maintain more than 4,500 support groups, and provide free programs in 15 languages. They also advance research through a peer-reviewed research grant program and advocate for people with Alzheimer’s by engaging elected officials to pass legislation at the federal, state, and local levels. With the help of volunteers and professionals, the Alzheimer’s Association provides families with step-by-step guidance and customized actions plans, delivers 20,000 education programs annually, and maintains the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
I hope to see more occupational therapists and students joining us for our 3rd annual walk season next year! Thanks to all of Nana’s Angels who made these past few months a success!


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