Taking Steps to End Alzheimer’s Disease
By: Bernadette Greatorex
Director of Business Development, MedOptions, Inc.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, and one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. These statistics from the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report by the Alzheimer’s Association are staggering.
Our MedOptions clinicians are on the front lines of caring for the people affected by Alzheimer’s every day. The realities of this serious disease – currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States – are witnessed far too often by our team.
For MedOptions, our role goes well beyond administering a treatment plan for a patient with a diagnosis. We have taken a strong stand to support research, education and awareness for Alzheimer’s through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Through sponsoring and hosting statewide habilitation training in Connecticut, collaborating with the association to provide future telehealth pilot programs to reach facilities and caregivers in rural areas, and a statewide sponsorship of the New London Walk to End Alzheimer’s, we are working tirelessly to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
MedOptions is proud to be a partner of the Alzheimer’s Association, and we’re also proud to employ so many individuals who share a passion for promoting and supporting Alzheimer’s research and awareness. It truly is a cause that resonates with so many of us, both professionally and, oftentimes, personally. Currently, our MedOptions Team is gearing up for the 2016 New London Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 17 at Ocean’s Beach Park. In 2015 MedOptions was a Top 5 Corporate Team for the walk, and our goal is to surpass that mark this year.
If you’d like to help in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, you can participate in a walk, make a donation or educate yourself or others. Evidence shows adopting certain lifestyle habits can reduce your risk of cognitive decline, and it’s never too early or too late to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle. Know the 10 ways to love your brain and share them with your family and friends. Whether you participate by walking, contributing financially or helping spread awareness, know that your involvement makes a difference.