With the Alzheimer's Association estimating that there are 5.4 million Americans affected by the disease – and almost 15 million people caring for them – many organizations are now hosting efforts to promote more awareness and treatment options for dementia patients.
In Westborough, Massachusetts, Trish Reeske, 49, is trying to do her part by running the Boston Marathon as part of the Run for the Memory Alzheimer's Association Boston Marathon team, according to The Westborough Patch. For Reeske, it's personal – she is participating to honor the memory of her mother.
Families who are struggling to take care of dementia patients may want to consider looking to the Alzheimer's Association for support and other important resources. They may also want to install a senior alert system in a patient's home, because this device allows users to immediately send a personal emergency response message if they need assistance.
As for Reeske, she has raised almost $4,000 for the Alzheimer's Assocation and encourages others to try and run marathons. She states that anyone can become a marathoner.
"I didn't start running until my late thirties, almost forty. I was never a runner," she told the news source.