Caregiver Embarks on Walk from Atlanta to D.C. to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

Caregiver Embarks on Walk from Atlanta to D.C. to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness
William Glass, who has seen the devastating toll that Alzheimer's disease inflicts on families as a caregiver for his mother, is setting out on a 640-mile walk from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the disease and advocate for Congress to increase funding for research. The Chicago native helps care for his mother, Eileen, who lives with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home in Atlanta. He is calling his current campaign “Until a Cure.” Alzheimer’s is a “national crisis that is bankrupting America,” Glass said in a press release. He will collect signatures on a petition addressing the concerns of many families he meets along his journey, and hopes he will be able to deliver it to President Donald Trump when he reaches nation's capital. “Until the prevention and/or a cure is found, our long-term care industry is not prepared for the onslaught of victims,” Glass said. “I feel that unless drastic measures are taken, we will start to see a warehouse epidemic.” Along his journey, Glass not only wants to meet with families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s, but also with state representatives, calling on them to demand higher standards, ethics, transparency and training at dementia care facilities nationwide. He will also be raising money during his walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), which provides programs and services that support individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, as well as their families
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