When I made the decision to run 100 miles, it was a pretty easy choice as to which charity I would want to have the money I raised. The ‘Alzheimer’s Society’. I was a student nurse at the time of this decision and I’d had so many experiences that made me gravitate towards this charity, which I will explain in a little bit.
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
Alzhemier’s Diease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is actually an umbrella term for a variety of different symptoms, that happen when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Symptoms include memory loss, problems with language, loss of visuospatial skills, and difficulty with concentration or organisation. It is NOT just a memory loss disease. Unfortunatly people believe that is disease is a simple fact of aging, however it IS a disease.
WHO ARE THE ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY?
“Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today”
The Alzheimer’s Society do not just focus on Alzheimer’s diease, but many other diseases of the brain that come under the umbrella of dementia. They provide support for individuals with dementia and their family or friends. They also help raise awareness of this horrible disease which currently has no cure, and they fund research into finding treatments and cures.
Support for individuals is provided through helplines and support groups which have been previously hard to find. They assist individuals to live life a little bit better and provide support of their family and friends who may also be finding it difficult. They also help raise awareness and combat the misunderstandings in society about the disease.
Finally they find research to treat the symptoms of dementia, find a prevention and to try and find a cure. The research is also aimed at improving care provided to those who have been diagnosed with dementia.
WHY I PICKED THE ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY AS MY CHOSEN CHARITY
As I said before, when I picked this charity to raise money for I was studying towards becoming a registered adult nurse, so I had many experiences with people living with dementia. I’ve laughed, cried and I’ve had to relive the death of an individual’s love one as they find it out again everyday. I’ve experienced people in the early stages where they are bieng told for the first time that they have dementia when they are as lucid as an someone without the disease. I’ve experience people have outburts of anger then realising hours later that they did something they’d never normally do, the sadness that it causes them to know they have no control. These people are like anyone of us and it COULD happen to any of us. That’s whether we are 30 years old or 80 years old.
My goal for this run is to raise £1000 for this charity. I’m currently over half way to that goal and I am so thankful to everyone who has donate to far. If you’d also like to donate towards the charity, please click the donate button: DONATE.