Rotarians Support Alzheimer’s Research
World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21 this year. That’s when supporters around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of debilitating disorders that impair mental functions.
Known for its quest to eliminate polio throughout the world, Rotary has extended its mission to include seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Locally, Rotary Clubs are focused on Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). This non-profit organization was started in Sumter, South Carolina by a single Rotarian. Rotary Clubs in the Shenandoah Valley are filling CART buckets with donations all month long. The week of September 18-22, each club member is being asked to donate at least $1 for each day in September.
“By their donations, Rotarians are honoring family members, friends, and fellow Rotarians suffering from Alzheimer's,” stated Police Chief Eric Reiley, President of the Rotary Club of Woodstock. “Our donations go toward research to find a cure for this devastating disease.”
In the meantime, aging citizens can ward off dementia by keeping physically active, not smoking, eating a health, balanced diet, minimizing alcohol consumption, having a regular health check and exercising brain functions daily.
The Rotary Club of Woodstock meets weekly at the Moose Club in Woodstock over lunch beginning at 12:05 p.m.