Fund Type: Memorial DonationsVirginia Beach, VA
Fundraiser ends on February 26, 2020
Alzheimer's Foundation of America is such a resourceful foundation for so many families. Louise's daughters experienced firsthand how this disease can completely change who your other is. It can cause changes in personality, confusion and memory loss. Louise Turco's daughters loved and cared for her through all of these struggles. That is why friends are asking that donations be made in her honor to this much needed foundation.
From the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's website: AFA was founded in 2002 by a caregiver whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support. His goal was to make sure that no other family living with Alzheimer’s disease would have to go the journey alone.
AFA was created to be that resource for families in their time of need. AFA operates a toll free helpline (866-232-8484), staffed entirely by licensed social workers, which provides support and assistance to callers, as well as connect them with resources in their area, no matter where in the United States they live. The helpline has grown into a seven-day a week service. AFA’s national network of more than 2,900 member organizations serves families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses in each of the fifty states.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that impacts memory, thinking and language skills, and the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia itself is not a disease, but a term used to describe symptoms such as loss of memory, loss of judgment and other intellectual functions. Alzheimer’s disease can cause dementia.
Although each individual is unique, experts have identified common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, including:
- Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, places and other new information
- Confusion about time and place
- Struggling to complete familiar tasks such as brushing one’s teeth
- Trouble finding appropriate words, for example in a sentence
- Difficulties in judging situations
- Changes in mood and personality
5.8 million Americans were living with this disease in 2019. This foundation is a much needed life raft for the families affected.The resources offered by AFH are seemingly endless. Let's help them continue their mission.
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