Raising awareness: World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, aimed at raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This year’s campaign is called “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” and focuses on how you can detect the warning signs of dementia in addition to challenging the stigma and misinformation surrounding dementia.

At Hillcrest Healthcare, we offer dementia care services in a compassionate, caring environment that considers the needs of both the patient and the patient’s family. We see the devastating effects of dementia every day. We continue our commitment to join forces with regional and national organizations that are doing such great work in the fields of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

At the end of August, we hosted the first Knox Rox benefit concert supporting the Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation and Alzheimer’s Tennessee. The event raised $11,000 for these organizations. The evening included family fun, axe throwing, food trucks, cornhole and a performance by Lavonda Cantrell and the 865 Bandits.

On Sept. 23, 2021, we were honored to present a check for $5,500 to Alzheimer’s Tennessee with proceeds from the Knox Rox event. We hope to expand our event and make an even bigger impact next year!

As we work together to raise awareness and help fund the work for research, treatment, cures, causes, support and more, we owe it to ourselves and loved ones to be educated about dementia. The Alzheimer’s Disease International website has abundant information, including the World Alzheimer Report 2021, which indicates that 75% of people with dementia globally are undiagnosed – as many as 41 million people. Dementia’s impact is vast, and the needs are great.

If you are concerned about a friend or a family member, see below for the warning signs of dementia infographic and talk to a doctor for additional resources.

Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International

We appreciate our team members, wonderful community partners and friends who participate in so many ways to support the causes surrounding dementia and Alzheimer’s. We’ll keep working, hoping for the day when these diseases can be better treated and even cured.