National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2016, the world lost Gene Wilder to Alzheimer’s disease. As Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene inspires us to believe that anything’s possible with the power of imagination. Alzheimer’s can steal your imagination piece by piece. But with your help, imagine how we can end it. Visit alz.org/pureimagination to learn more.
When Sigma Kappa began its Gerontology efforts in 1954, little did we know we were on the cutting edge of a fight against what has become the nation’s sixth leading cause of death, Alzheimer’s. Not only has Sigma Kappa’s work in this area of philanthropy benefitted our aging sisters and their families who face this dreaded disease, it has also put our sorority on the map in terms of helping find an answer to a disease that has caused untold suffering and one that is a major driver of U.S. health care costs.
Through our Foundation, Sigma Kappa has become one of the nation’s leading contributors to Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research, and treatment efforts. Since 1989, the Sigma Kappa Foundation has granted over $2 million in research and other grants to investigators and practitioners who are on the front lines of combating this killer.
Sigma Kappa members build awareness and raise funds by participating in Sigma Kappa’s National Platinum Team in the Alzheimer’s Association annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s™. Through these efforts, we have raised another $4.2 million for the Alzheimer’s Association.