The Oregon chapter of Alzheimer’s Association has the same vision as its sister organizations scatted across the nation: A world without Alzheimer’s Disease.
The first Alzheimer’s Association chapters were founded in 1980 with the goals of eliminating the disease through research advancements, support for the afflicted and their families, and by promoting brain health. Oregon’s chapter provides many services in line with that mission. They offer education and supported to people diagnosed with the disease, and well as operating a 24/7 help line. Additionally, they organize local support groups and information sessions, as well as hosting an annual caregivers conference. The chapter is part of MedicAlert + SafeReturn, a nationwide identification program that helps locate people with Alzheimer’s that wander off or get lost.
Throughout the year the organization hosts education events, runs fundraisers and pushes for research into Alzheimer’s. Their upcoming event is their “A Reason to Hope” community breakfast, slated for February 23, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. The breakfast offers people affected by Alzheimer’s disease a chance to give testimonies to the audience, and share how the disease has impact their lives. Event participants will be invited to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at the close of the event.
This week at Portland Radio Project we featured the Oregon chapter of Alzheimer’s Association as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. Podcasted interviews with key members of the organization can be listened to below.
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