An Open Letter of Appreciation

To kick off the new year, we wanted to thank all of the referring doctors, hospitals and nurses, who work alongside Our Family Home to care for those with memory disease. We have many common goals to provide quality care and work toward ending Alzheimer’s and dementia, so we wanted to share a letter of appreciation we recently mailed to our partners. – Evan

On behalf of Our Family Home, we want to thank you for your ongoing support and reinforce how much we value your partnership. While the needs for more funding, research and advocacy remain strong, we are steadfast in our commitment to caring for our residents in a way that prioritizes their health, livelihood and comfort.

We also remain a committed voice in the movements that support awareness, understanding and engagement around this debilitating disease. We understand there is a tremendous amount to be done and simply more we can do.

As a small step toward greater awareness, we are launching a blog to highlight the personal side of memory care and build transparency around our commitment to quality care. Our aim is to give a more personal point of view on how we treat, care and engage with those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

As we look ahead, we have a renewed commitment to helping our residents and our families make each day the best it can be. We want to be more than a care center. We want to give our residents a home. A home that focuses on their health and their livelihood.

Our success is a testament to our caregivers and our partners. Those on the front lines offering care, kindness and connection. For that reason, we are also putting more emphasis on Caring For The Caregivers. We hope you will join us celebrating the selflessness of family, friends, acquaintances and staff who support, love and care for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

 

Sincerely,

Evan DuBro

Joining Bill Gates in the Fight to Cure Alzheimer’s

“This is a frontier where we can dramatically improve human life. It’s a miracle that people are living so much longer, but longer life expectancies alone are not enough. People should be able to enjoy their later years—and we need a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s to fulfill that. I’m excited to join the fight and can’t wait to see what happens next.”

 -Bill Gates, GatesNotes sharing why he’s digging deep into Alzheimer’s

 

 

Recently Bill Gates announced a $50,000,000 personal donation into Alzheimer’s research. While the magnitude of generosity and level of notoriety are hugely beneficial to our fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia, we should still view it as a starting point. We must join Mr. Gates in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s.

We must advocate.

I’ve been a member of the Alzheimer’s Association advocacy group since 2007. In November, a bi-partisan amendment, known as Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, was introduced in the House and Senate with the hope to prioritize America’s approach to Alzheimer’s disease. It is important for us to continue to support legislation aimed at increasing early detection, lowering public health costs and supporting the needs of caregivers. Learn more about the bill here.

We must share our stories.

With his donation, Bill Gates helped bring the conversation around Alzheimer’s to the national stage. But, the conversation must continue. Whether it’s to raise the profile of research in memory disease, to gain more public and private support or to engage legislators, we must continue to share our stories and prioritize action. This also holds true for researchers. We must share advancements and build systems that foster collaboration.

We must care for the caregivers.

As life expectancy continues to rise globally, the need for care will continue to rise as well. We must support those who provide care and remove the stigma that may surround such generosity. We can do this through support systems, small acts of kindness and education. At Our Family Home, we employ 125 caregivers, and believe in the importance of providing our care teams with the training and resources they need to be successful. This has proven to lower turnover and increase engagement with our residents.

You can read the full article, Why I’m Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s from Bill Gates on his blog, GatesNotes, at https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Digging-Deep-Into-Alzheimers.