Interested in Raising Awareness for Alzheimer’s?

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The club being trained as Dementia Friends Champion!

Elise Ravech, Writer

Do you know someone who struggles with Alzheimer’s, maybe a friend or family member? Or even just looking to learn more and help the ones that do know people? Then Alzheimer’s Club at Franklin High is the club for you!

Alzheimer’s is a specific type of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s can worsen over time and affect that person’s daily tasks. It is important to understand that this disease is not a normal part of aging.

A common and very telling symptom of Alzheimer’s is not being able to remember newly learned information. This simple confusion can lead to severe disorientation, mood and behavior changes, confusing events, times, and places, and not remembering friends or even family.

Hannah Burr, the President of Franklin’s Alzheimer’s Club notes, “Alzheimer’s disease, as well as dementia in general, has truly inspired me in a variety of ways, including developing a nonprofit designated to raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, creating a patented invention to hopefully slow the progression of the disease, and fostering my fascination in neuroscience, which is what I will major in. It is such a hard disease to cope with, for both patients and their families, due to those affected losing a part of themselves each day.

I love that the club not only allows others to help raise money for the cause, but most importantly helps to raise awareness. Most of the population does not know how to communicate with those affected by the disease, so by learning the signs and ways to help (which we did through getting trained as dementia friends champions last year) we are now able to train others on how to be dementia friendly, which is the main goal for this year.”

If you are interested in donating, funds are being raised until December 31st! Click here if to donate. Franklin’s team name is “Franklin High Alzheimer’s Awareness Club.”

If you have any questions reach out to President Hannah Burr at 5802184@franklinps.net or Astrid Hendren, the Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association, at aghendren@alz.org.

For more information, feel free to visit this website!